Body of BASE jumper found in mountainous area west of Calgary
A view of Two Jack Lake in Banff National Park is shown in this undated handout photo. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Travel Alberta)
The Canadian Press
Published Monday, August 8, 2016 2:02PM EDT
Last Updated Tuesday, August 9, 2016 7:14AM EDT
CANMORE, Alta. -- The body of a 34-year-old BASE jumper was found Monday in the Rocky Mountains west of Calgary, two days after he was reported missing.
RCMP said the man had been planning to jump off a mountain near Canmore, Alta., on Saturday.
When he failed to return home police and others starting looking for him.
Searchers in a helicopter spotted a parachute in Miner's Gulley, east of Ha Ling Peak, and found the body.
BASE jumping -- an acronym that stands for building, antenna, span and Earth -- 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.
RCMP said the man was an experienced BASE jumper but would not release his name.
"Until we get a positive identification, we're not going to say, we're not going to identify him, a young man from Calgary is what we know right now," said Sgt. Ryan Currie.
Ha Ling Peak is the only location in Kananaskis where is it legal to BASE jump, according to Alberta Parks.