B.C. climber, author killed in avalanche

A well-known Canadian mountain climber and author has died in a climbing accident. Jim Haberl fell to his death when an avalanche swept him over a cliff .

Haberl, 41, of Whistler, British Columbia was climbing in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park with two friends on Thursday morning when a huge slab of snow swept him over the side. He fell 400 metres and died of massive head injuries.

Haberl was one of the first two Canadians to reach the top of K2 in the Himalayas. On the descent during that 1993 climb, his partner, Dan Culver, fell to his death.

The tragedy became the topic of his first book "K2: Dreams and Reality."

Last summer Haberl climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa as part of a fund-raising campaign for the Alzheimer's Society of British Columbia.