Three climbers hurt by falling tree
LAKE LOUISE, Alta. — Three climbers were injured — one critically — after they were hit by a falling tree Tuesday near Lake Louise in Banff National Park.
“Popular with climbers, the area is known as Outhouse Wall,” Parks Canada said in a statement Wednesday. “A portion of a dead tree … fell and struck a group of climbers at the bottom of the wall.”
A report by the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides said it’s believed high winds toppled a brittle tree. It said the tree fell 80 to 100 metres and hit the climbers.
Officials said one of the three was able to walk out of the area, and two were taken to hospital in Banff.
An air ambulance was dispatched to Banff hospital, where a man in his mid-20s was picked up. An ambulance spokesman said the man suffered a lifethreatening traumatic injury.
“We transported him to Foothills Medical Centre [in Calgary] in critical condition,” said Fatima Khawaja, an ambulance-service spokeswoman.
The guides association said the area is not closed, but noted there are dozens of dead trees above the climbing spot. The group suggested wearing a helmet and leaving the area when there are high winds.
Part of a dead tree landed on three climbers Tuesday at the bottom of Outhouse Wall near Lake Louise, Alta.