Search for missing base jumper ends after body found in Canmore

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RCMP have confirmed a Calgary base jumper has died. The man was reported missing Saturday night after failing to return from a base jump near Canmore.

“It was reported to the RCMP that a man had been planning a ‘base jump’ in the vicinity of Ha Ling Peak or the East End of Rundle Mountain earlier Saturday afternoon,” Canmore RCMP said in a statement Monday.

Search and rescue crews looked for the man Saturday night and resumed their efforts Monday.

At around 3 p.m. Monday, two people were dropped in to Miner’s Gully east of Ha Ling Peak and a short time later a body was flown off of the mountain.

In a release Monday afternoon, RCMP confirmed that the man they found was the missing 34-year-old Calgary man.

RCMP have not released the man’s identity, but did say that he was an experienced base jumper.

Base jumping is when a person jumps from a fixed structure or cliff using a parachute or wingsuit. It’s considered more dangerous than skydiving due to the relatively low altitude of the jumps.

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