Parks Canada has implemented new rules for climbers on the country’s highest peak after having to rescue eight people in seven years.
The rules, which are posted on the agency’s website, include a moratorium on solo climbing on the 5,959-metre Mount Logan, in Yukon.
Climbers are also required to have insurance to cover any search-and-rescue costs for all expeditions in the Icefield Ranges of Kluane National Park before they are issued a permit.
Ed Jager, director of visitor experience with Parks Canada, says they want to improve safety for people visiting the park as well as their rescue teams.
He says they are also hoping to reduce the burden on taxpayers who end up picking up the cost of the rescues.
Jager says there have been eight rescue missions in Kluane in the last seven years, each costing between $60,000 and $100,000.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 16, 2020.
The Canadian Press