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Rock climber falls to his death in Vernon

A rock climber fell from a steep cliff above the Grey Canal train on Turtle Mountain in Vernon on Saturday, May 14, 2016.
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May 15, 2016 - 10:30 AM

VERNON – A couple walking their dog on Turtle Mountain in Vernon made a horrible discovery when they came across a man who had fallen from a steep cliff yesterday afternoon.

RCMP say the 32-year-old Vernon man had likely been free climbing on the 300-metre high cliff above the Grey Canal trail in the area of Turtle Mountain Boulevard when he fell, May 14.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

“The cliff is straight up with some overhangs,” Const. Spencer Hornoi says. “We know the male has free climbed there in the past.”

Free solo climbers are known to not use ropes or rock climbing equipment like pegs to secure themselves to the rock face. It's not know if the man was solo climbing.

The B.C. Coroners Service is investigating. The man’s identity has not been released.

— This story was updated at 8:25 a.m., Monday, May 16, 2016 to clarify the definition of free solo climbing.

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