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Ken Wal­la­tor

Bold Cana­dian Rock­ies climber Ken Wal­la­tor died in De­cem­ber at the age of 52. He was found near Jasper, Alta. af­ter a week­long search by rcmp, friends and fam­ily. The death was not deemed to be sus­pi­cious in na­ture. Over the past 40 years, Wal­la­tor made a num­ber of his­toric first as­cents and hard re­peats. He grew up in Japser, and ex­plored Jasper and Banff Na­tional Park with a num­ber of part­ners over the years. In 1988, Wal­la­tor and Tom Thomas made the first as­cent of a se­ri­ous grade-six mixed/aid route up the north face of Storm Moun­tain in the Rock­ies. That spring, he joined Tim Friesen and Charles Scott for the first as­cent of an alpine route on the south face of Mcarthur Peak in Alaska. Shortly af­ter that, Wal­la­tor and Friesen climbed the East

Ridge of Mount Lo­gan in only six days, a fast time dur­ing the late 1980s. He es­tab­lished a num­ber of big rock routes, in­clud­ing two dif­fi­cult ones on Roche Mi­ette: one with Har­vey Struss called Task Masker V 5.8 A3, and one with Rick Costea in 1988 up the West Face 5.9 A2. In 1999, Wal­la­tor, Thomas and G. Mccormick went on a 16-day ex­pe­di­tion to a new route up the north face of Mount Cle­menceau. Wal­la­tor con­tin­ued to climb over the years and in 2016, he made the first as­cent of Lucky Star WI4 with Sean El­liott down the val­ley from Shades of Beauty. Wal­la­tor’s life was an ad­ven­tur­ous one, and his fi­nal months were dif­fi­cult. We will have a fea­ture on Wal­la­tor’s life in the April & May 2020 is­sue of the mag­a­zine.—gripped

Ken Wal­la­tor on Mount Columbia

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