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It's believed the pair fell about 20-25 metres before hitting the terrain, but fell about 100 metres total, said Brideaux.

from another report

It isn’t clear what precipiated the fall. Both the man and woman appeared to be outfitted with gear for roped-in climbing, Mr. Brideaux said, although it isn’t clear whether they were both on the cliff at once or whether one was on the ground belaying the other.


They were rappelling together on a single rope,” Freer said. “It was a rappelling accident. They were coming down the mountain on an anchored rope. The rope was anchored up top.”

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nvestigators said they are piecing together the final moments of the two Calgary climbers.

Sidhu and his female climbing partner — whose name has not been released — had just completed a climb of 150 to 180 metres and were preparing to rappel back to the ground.

Using a technique that climbers call “simul-rappelling,” the pair were descending using a rope threaded through a single anchor, each climber acting as a counterweight to the other.

“One person managed to come off the rope during the rappel,” said Kananaskis public safety specialist Mike Koppang.

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