GORHAM — Hikers have discovered the body of a Gorham man who disappeared while climbing in the Canadian Rockies more than 20 years ago.

Two hikers found the body of 39-year-old William Holland in Jasper National Park of Canada on Aug. 15. In 1989, Holland was on the Slipstream ice climb on Snow Dome Mountain when the cornice on which he was standing failed. Holland fell more than 1,000 vertical feet before landing in a crevasse, according to Garth Lemke, a public safety specialist with Parks Canada.

Holland’s climbing partner encountered another climbing party and they were able to seek help. An avalanche obliterated the area and after two days the search for Holland was called off, Lemke said

Holland’s body had traveled downhill with the glacier about a kilometer, Lemke said.



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