Access to popular southern Alberta hiking and climbing site Mount Yamnuska has been closed indefinitely after a hiker was killed and two others injured in separate mishaps on its slopes Saturday.
Canmore RCMP say unusually large crowds in hiking areas in the Bow Valley Kananaskis Country have led to safety concerns.
At about 2 p.m., a 30-year-old Calgary man fell about six metres down a scree slope near Mt. Yamnuska and was quickly aided by others on the trail.
Soon after, a number of dislodged boulders tumbled from above the group, striking the man on the head and hitting other hikers.
Emergency crews, including those from Canmore RCMP, Kananaskis Public Safety, EMS, Alpine Helicopters and STARS air ambulance were dispatched to the scene, but the 30-year-old man died from his injuries.
Then, just after 4 p.m., those same emergency crews were alerted to another male hiker, this one a 24-year-old man, who had fallen down a scree slope in the same area.