North Shore Rescue has reported that an experienced rock climber did not survive a 75-metre fall while scaling Crown Mountain on Wednesday (September 27).
The group's spokesperson, Mike Danks, told CBC News that the deceased man and another climber were going up the Widowmaker route when the tragedy occurred.
The other climber suffered third-degree burns when he tried to grab the rope.
The North Shore Rescue Facebook page states that the group was called to the scene around 2:30 p.m. Not long afterward, a team in a helicopter found one person "stranded on a rock face and another person 200 feet below in a gully near Crown".
"A long line was used to extract the first subject on the rock face," the Facebook page says. "After this person was safe, another team was inserted to access the person below. NSR's team doctor pronounced the climber deceased at the scene."
North Shore Rescue has extended its condolences to the deceased's family and friends, and thanked the North Vancouver RCMP, the Coroners Service, Metro Vancouver, Grouse Mountain, B.C. Ambulance, and Talon Helicopters for their help.
"There were a number of members of the public that also assisted with the call, including a hiker who was first on scene to the deceased climber," the group added. "NSR would like to extend our sincere thanks for their help."
In a 2012 article about Crown Mountain, hiking writer Stephen Hui wrote: "Novices, kids, and dogs have no business on this mountain. Gaining the top requires negotiating steep trails and some exposed scrambling—and is better left to days without rain, snow, or significant wind. One slip on this mountain could do you in."