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Hiker dies after fall while climbing Gimli Peak in Valhalla Provincial Park

Search and Rescue crews called for helicopters to assist in the climbing accident that happened Tuesday in the Valhalla Provincial Park

A 23-year-old hiker from Quebec has died in a climbing accident Tuesday in the Valhalla Provincial Park near Winlaw.

Slocan RCMP said Tuesday at approximately 2:51 p.m. the detachment responded to a report of a female hiker who had fallen approximately 100 feet down a cliff on Gimli Peak.

Gimli Peak is located on edge of Valhalla Provincial Park.

RCMP said the victim had been hiking with two friends at Gimli Peak.

"One witness scaled down the cliff to render assistance while the other witness hiked 2.5 hours to contact emergency services for assistance," the RCMP release said.

RCMP said Emergency Health Services (EHS) activated Search and Rescue upon being contacted by the witness.

"Air Ambulance along with two Search and Rescue helicopters were dispatched to the location. The victim was located deceased from the fall."

Nelson SAR said this was a difficult recovery in complex terrain.

Nelson SAR would like to thank BC Emergency Health Services air services for support, Castlegar Search and Rescue as well as Summit Mountain Guides of Nelson for their involvement in this difficult mission.

“Thank you for what you do in our community.”

The Slocan Lake RCMP continues to assist the BC Coroners Service with their investigation into the woman’s death.