JASPER – A 28-year-old Cochrane man and a 30-year-old man from Innisfail were identified as the two climbers who died from an avalanche on Mount Andromeda in Jasper National Park on May 30.
The Jasper RCMP said they received confirmation of the two men’s identity, but stated they would not release the names and no additional updates would be released.
The two men have been confirmed as being Andrew Abel and Nathaniel Johnson. A GoFundMe has been established to help their families.
The police said Parks Canada visitor safety personnel from Banff and Jasper, the Parks Canada search and rescue canine team, STARS, emergency medical services ground ambulances and two private helicopter companies helped with the rescue efforts.
The fatal avalanche occurred on Mount Andromeda on May 30 at about 8 a.m., said Steve Young, a Parks Canada spokesperson for Jasper National Park in an email shortly after the avalanche.
The Alberta mountain is located in the Columbia Icefields in Jasper National Park, approximately 130 kilometres north of Lake Louise.