Fatality in Glacier National Park

A 52-year-old B.C. man died after a fall while mountain climbing in Glacier National Park.

A 52-year-old B.C. man, Jon Howard Sortome, died after a fall while mountain climbing in Glacier National Park. Sortome, and his son whom he was climbing with, are both from 108 Mile Ranch, B.C.

On August 8, at 6 p.m. Golden RCMP received a call from Parks Canada stating that they had a report that two mountain climbers had fallen on Mt. Rogers, in Glacier National Park, and one was deceased.

Sortome and his 22-year-old son had been attempting an ascent on Mt. Rogers Glacier when they encountered severe weather conditions. They were attempting to return to their base camp when something went wrong, and they slipped in the snow.

They slid approximately 100 metres on the snow before falling approximately 10 metres over a bergschrund (glacial crevasse).

The son was injured in the incident, but survived and managed to get to base camp to contact help. The father was deceased and remained on the mountain until Parks Canada Search and Rescue could safely remove him the following morning (Aug. 9).

The family has been notified of the death. The BC Coroners office continues to investigate the incident.