Long-Lost Climber's Corpse Found After 21 Years
American mountaineer found frozen in Canadian Rockies
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 31, 2010 5:01 AM CDT
Updated Aug 31, 2010 6:12 AM CDT
Holland fell after reaching the summit of the treacherous Slipstream alpine climb on Snow Dome Mountain.   (?LipBomb)

(Newser) – Hikers in the Canadian Rockies have found the frozen body of a climber who fell to his death 21 years ago. William Holland, a 39-year-old geologist from Maine, plunged 1,000 feet from Alberta's Snow Dome Mountain when a snow outcrop collapsed beneath him. Other climbers called off the search for him after an avalanche buried the area. The body was found when hikers spotted his bright jacket amid melting ice, the BBC reports.

Holland's body was preserved by glacial ice, which moved him a half-mile from the accident site over the years. "He was basically in a deep freeze for the last 21 years," a park official says. "It's been so long. It's a phone call you never expect to receive after the first couple of years," his daughter tells the Kennebec Journal. The family plans to have the body cremated and scatter the ashes in the Canadian wilderness he loved. "That was probably where he was happiest. It would be fitting," his daughter says.

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krymsonkyng
Aug 31, 2010 10:09 AM CDT
So that's where he was chillin. Huh. I have great admiration for the men who go out doing what they love.
Timinator2K
Aug 31, 2010 7:53 AM CDT
Climbing mountains is idiotic enough to rate one a fitting corpse-sicle ending.
JohnBowers089057
Aug 31, 2010 5:36 AM CDT
AAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. 1000 feet fall and 21 years later. Wonder if his wrist watch was still working?