One of the stars of “Amazing Race Canada” was found after he fell to his death during a solo hike on his 28th birthday.
The remains of Kenneth McAlpine were discovered Wednesday on Mount Gimli, a popular mountain to hike and climb in the Kootenay region of British Columbia.
McAlpine appeared on Season 5 of Canada’s version of the world-trekking reality competition.
McAlpine was an experienced hiker, but after he didn’t return to his home in Rossland, B.C. by 7 PM on Monday, his friends filed a missing persons report and a search party was launched.
The search continued through Tuesday, until he was discovered Wednesday. A message from the South Columbia Search and Rescue team reads, “Our subject was located at around 11am and appears to have fallen down the front face of the mountain.”
Officials describe a “substantial fall” that has been estimated at over 820 ft. He was on a hike celebrating his 28th birthday.
The coroner’s office is investigating the circumstances around McAlpine’s death, and his family told local reporters that “He embraced life, he was brave and he was a pretty cool guy.”
McAlpine appeared on “Amazing Race Canada” in 2017 and finished in 2nd place.
After news broke regarding his death, the show released a statement:
“We are heartbroken over the loss of Season 5 racer Kenneth McAlpine. Part of TEAM GIVE’R, Kenneth’s infectious personality left a lasting impression not only on us, but with viewers across the country. His family and friends are in our thoughts and hearts during this difficult time.”
Mount Gimli stands at 9100 ft tall and is situated at the south end of the Valhalla Provincial Park in Southern British Columbia.
Gimli is a popular location for activities in the summer, including camping, hiking and rock climbing.