Mountaineer chases tour guide after near-fatal fall in Glacier National Park


Mountaineer tries to sue his mountaineering guide for negligence and breach of contract following incident at Glacier National Park in British Columbia

Ian Manson, of Whistler, was insured on the rock face of Mount Rogers in July when, according to a press release from law firm Mackenzie Fujisawa, the guide “tested the stability of a refrigerator-sized boulder causing the displacement then the fall of the rock directly towards its client. “

When the boulder grazed Manson, the guide let go of the rope, causing him to lose balance and fall backwards, the statement said. It is said that when Manson fell the rope also unbalanced the guide and made him descend the face of the mountain.

Manson found a small ledge to stop his fall and then helped control the guide’s fall.

Parks Canada rescued the two climbers and they were transported by helicopter to hospitals in Kelowna and Revelstoke.

A civil action alleges that “when [the guide] announced “to belaying” and the applicant replied by recalling “climbing”, an ancillary agreement was formed between [the guide] and the applicant by whom [the guide] became immediately responsible for ensuring the safety of the claimant while climbing on the particular terrain for belaying. [The guide] broke that agreement when he let go of the rope, dropping the plaintiff, putting the plaintiff in danger of death without reason and recklessness. “

The claim also alleges negligence against the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides with respect to the duty of care in the training of the guide.

None of the allegations have been proven in court. The accused has not yet filed a response to the request.


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