Local man dies in fall on Mt. Rogers

A resident of 108 Mile Ranch died in a fall on Mt. Rogers in Glacier National Park near Golden

A resident of 108 Mile Ranch died in a fall on Mt. Rogers in Glacier National Park near Golden.

The BC Coroners Service has identified the man as Jon Howard Sortome, 52, who fell a significant distance down the mountain Aug. 8 when climbing with his son.

Sortome’s 22-year-old son was injured in the incident, but was able to return to base camp and raise the alarm.

They had been attempting an ascent on the Mt. Rogers glacier when they encountered severe weather conditions. They were attempting to return to their base camp when something went wrong.

Golden RCMP received a call from Parks Canada a 6 p.m. MST, stating they had a report that two mountain climbers had fallen on Mt. Rogers and one was deceased.

RCMP confirms the pair was descending the mountain when they slipped in the snow. They slid approximately 100 metres on the snow before falling approximately 10 metres over a bergschrund (glacial crevasse).

Sortome’s body was recovered on Aug. 9, after remaining on the mountain overnight until Parks Canada Search and Rescue could safely remove him.

The BC Coroners Service continues to investigate.

 

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