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Stephanie Grothe, Elena Cernicka, Neil Charles Mackenzie among Joffre Peak hiking victims

01/13/2015 06:10 EST | Updated 03/15/2015 05:59 EDT
The BC Coroners Service has identified the man and two women who died after a fall while hiking near Joffre Peak, north of Pemberton, B.C. on Sunday.

- Elena Cernicka, 35, living in North Vancouver

- Neil Charles Mackenzie, 31, living in Vancouver

- Stephanie Grothe, 30, living in Vancouver.

Grothe was a PhD student in physics and astronomy at the University of British Columbia and originally from Germany. She was a member of UBC's Varsity Outdoor Club.

Mackenzie is originally from Scotland, according to the Coroners Service.

The three were part of a group who travelled to Joffre Lakes Provincial Park on Jan. 10 and spent that night in a backcountry hut in the park, said a statement by the Coroners Service.

On Jan. 11, the three appeared to be walking up a steep gully — called a couloir — on the side of the mountain wearing crampons, according to RCMP.

They were roped together, near the top of the couloir, when they fell about 600 metres to their deaths, said police.

RCMP and the Coroners Service are continuing to investigate the deaths.

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