Hiker falls 9 metres while climbing rockface near Squamish
Hiker in serious condition, but conscious when airlifted to hospital
A rescue operation stalled traffic along the Sea-to-Sky Highway Sunday morning after a hiker fell 9 metres onto a ledge while scaling a rockface in the Cheakamus Canyon north of Squamish.
Search and Rescue officials say the man, in his mid-40s, was on a rope being guided by his partner from the ground when he fell around 10:30 a.m. PT. They estimated he fell about 30 feet or 9 metres.
Traffic TO Whistler stopped - nothing coming from Whistler. One medi-vac just flew overhead. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CBC?src=hash">#CBC</a> <a href="http://t.co/DwfFbveMSS">pic.twitter.com/DwfFbveMSS</a>—@BellePuri
The accident happened about a 45-minute hike from the Conroy Forestry Road.
Squamish Search and Rescue, assisted by about 20 volunteers and two helicopters took nearly two hours to complete the rescue.
The hiker was airlifted to hospital in serious condition.