Climbing fatality in the Bugaboos

A 71-year-old man from Calgary has been confirmed as the man who died on Aug. 19 during a climbing trip in the Bugaboo Mountains.

A 71-year-old man from Calgary has been confirmed as the man who died on Aug. 19 during a climbing trip in the Bugaboo Mountains.

Ferdinand Taxbock was one of three persons on a climbing trip together in the Bugaboo Mountains south of Golden. In the early afternoon of Aug. 19, he was witnessed to lose his footing on loose rock and fall about 50 metres before his fall could be arrested by the other climbers. He was deceased at the scene.

Taxbock was a highly experienced mountaineer. He was born in Vienna, Austria, and moved to Canada when he got work as a farmhand. He was hired as a mountain guide in 1968, and began his climbing career at the mountaineering camp at Lake O’Hara.