Family and Friends Mourn Manitoba Climber

Posted: August 12, 2013 by kirisyko in Climbing, Rock Climbing
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Banff National Park panorama

Banff National Park panorama (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A Manitoba mountain climber who fell to his death in Banff National Park is being remembered as an avid outdoorsman and adventurer.

Peter Aitchison, of Winnipeg, was killed Wednesday after slipping from Mount Victoria near Lake Louise.

He was 71.

Aitchison was an experienced outdoorsman and highly respected member of the Manitoba climbing community, according to family.

“He was very active in mentoring and teaching people about climbing, canoeing, backcountry skiing and other outdoor pursuits,” said son Jeff Aitchison. “He has hundreds of first ascents of rock climbing routes in Northern Ontario and has climbed and adventured all over the world.”

Aitchison and his climbing partner were attempting to ascend the south summit of Mount Victoria, which is 3,464 metres high.

Manitoba’s chapter of the Alpine Club of Canada said Peter’s death is a huge loss for the climbing community, as he was a veteran climber who loved helping people and being with other climbers.

The club says that in 1992 he led the first group ever to climb Mount Manitoba in the Yukon.

His friends said they will miss his great stories.

Parks Canada said Wednesday the 71-year-old man slipped and fell on Aug. 7 morning, suffering fatal injuries at Mount Victoria in Banff National Park.

Jeff says his dad was wearing a helmet at the time but it cracked open when Peter fell and he died instantly.

A memorial to remember Peter is being planned in Winnipeg in the coming days.

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