An avid mountain climber and outdoorsman from Calgary has died in a climbing accident in Mount Robson Park.

Rick Collier is a former Mount Royal University literature professor, who ran for the provincial NDP in the last election. He was also a social justice and environmental activist.

Earlier this week, Collier was leading a party of four up Mount Geikie in B.C., when a rock face gave way, causing Collier and the others to fall.

The B.C. Coroner's office says the 71-year-old died within minutes.

The other members of the party were rescued. Two of them were injured.


Rick Collier died while rock climbing in B.C. on Wednesday. He was 71. (Alberta NDP)

Collier leaves behind a wife, three children and five grandchildren.

Photos in the video courtesy Greg McDougall