Rock climber falls 30 metres to his death from the Stawamus Chief in Squamish

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      There was a tragic outcome today when a man tried to scale one of North America's most famous granite rock faces.

      Squamish RCMP have said that the climber fell 30 metres to his death from the Squamish Chief around 1:45 p.m. today.

      His body was found in the Grand Wall area.

      "The Stawamus Chief is a popular tourist destination for the Sea to Sky corridor, and the Squamish Emergency Services have attended to a number of incidents associated to this location over the past few months" Sgt. Sascha Banks said in an RCMP news release. "We believe this incident to be a terrible accident and our thoughts are with his friends and family at this difficult time."

      The man's name has not been released as police try to locate his next of kin.

      The B.C. Coroners Service is conducting an investigation.

      The Stawamus Chief towers more than 700 metres above the town of Squamish, which bills itself as the Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada.

      "We do want to stress to those that visit our beautifulĀ surroundings to be prepared, know your area, and please be safe in your adventures," Banks said. "But also know if you are hurt or lost we (Squamish Emergency Services/Squamish SAR) have an amazing cross-section of people who will do everything to find you and help you."

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