Cal­gary hiker dies af­ter fall in Banff park

Calgary Herald - - CITY - ERIKA STARK

A Cal­gary woman has died af­ter she fell dur­ing a hike on Mount Tem­ple in Banff Na­tional Park as poor weather moved in.

Friends have iden­ti­fied her on so­cial media as Jen Kunze, an avid run­ner, hiker and blog­ger.

At about 4: 55 p. m. Fri­day, Lake Louise RCMP and Parks Canada re­sponded to re­ports of a sud­den death near Lake Louise.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion de­ter­mined that Kunze and another per­son were scram­bling up the com­mon route on Mount Tem­ple in Banff Na­tional Park.

At about 2: 30 p. m., a man called Parks Canada af­ter fall­ing while scram­bling and hurt­ing his leg, said Steve Holeczi, a visi­tor safety spe­cial­ist with Parks Canada. The man had also lost sight of his hik­ing part­ner. The pair had reached the sum­mit of Mount Tem­ple and were on their way back down when weather con­di­tions started to worsen, Holeczi said.

Three visi­tor safety spe­cial­ists flew to the area in an Alpine He­li­copter and lo­cated the man. Shortly af­ter, they were able to find Kunze. She was heli- slung down to Lake Louise, where she was pro­nounced dead.

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