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Friends mourns death of climber
Published Tuesday, July 31, 2012 6:28PM MDT
Last Updated Wednesday, August 1, 2012 6:09AM MDT
The friends of the man who was killed while climbing the Heart Creek Trail near Canmore on the weekend is remembering him as an avid outdoors-man, a passionate athlete and a bit of a prankster.
Ranjit Sidhu, 31, and a female friend died after they plunged more than 100 metres down the mountain on Sunday.
A witness to the fall called 911 and search and rescue crews were immediately dispatched to the area.
The two climbers were located in a dry creek bed and were pronounced dead at the scene.
Search and Rescue recovered a backpack from the scene and say the climbers were simul-rapelling.
Simul-rapelling is where two people share the same rope, looped through a bolt in the side of the mounts, and come down at the same time, one at each end.
For some reason one of them lost control of their rope and with no counterweight at the other end, both fell to the creek bed below.
Sidhu’s friends still can’t believe he is gone.
“We had a little gathering at a pub yesterday with a few players and just kind of remembered some of the things about him we enjoyed and all waiting for him to walk through the doors cuz he liked to come with us to the pub and that didn't happen,” said Martin Hoare.
Sidhu was born in England and moved to Canada with his family when he was 17.
He was not married and did not have any children.
Ranjit Sidhu is survived by a brother, sister, and his parents.