Climbers stranded on Mt. Yamnuska in Kananaskis rescued by helicopter

Photo of a pair of stranded climbers on Mt. Yamnuska in Kananaskis, who had to be rescued after a...

Photo of a pair of stranded climbers on Mt. Yamnuska in Kananaskis, who had to be rescued after a boulder struck one in the leg, fracturing it. (Photo courtesy Kananaskis Public Safety)

Bill Kaufmann, Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 12:35 AM ET

After being struck by a boulder halfway up a sheer rock face west of Calgary, a city man was brought down in a dramatic helicopter rescue.

On Friday, two climbers scaling the popular Mt. Yamnuska about 80 km west of Calgary were halted when a beer fridge-sized rock tumbled down on them from above, fracturing one of the men’s right leg.

They managed to call for help on a cell phone while perched 120 metres above the ground along a feature of the mountain dubbed Missionary’s Crack, said Mike Koppang, spokesman for Kananaskis Country Public Safety Section.


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