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Climber falls to her death from Chief in Squamish

08/05/2013 02:06 EDT | Updated 10/05/2013 05:12 EDT
A woman has died from her injuries after falling from the Stawamus Chief in Squamish, search and rescue officials say.

The granite dome, popular with hikers and rock climbers, towers over Howe Sound offering spectacular views from the top.

Tragedy struck on Sunday, when the woman fell from an area known as Bellygood Ledge on the Grand Wall, which has a drop of about 500 metres.

The ledge is used to traverse to the forest upon finishing the Grand Wall climbing route.

"Approximately 4 p.m., we were paged out to the Chief to do a rescue call," said Murray Watt with Squamish Search and Rescue.

"Reports from witnesses were that somebody had fallen from the Grand Wall."

A helicopter had to be brought in to airlift the woman's body out of the treacherous terrain.

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