Squamish speed flyer dies jumping off The Chief

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A man has died following a tragic accident speed-flying off the Stawamus Chief on Sunday.

The B.C. Coroner’s Service has confirmed the death of 40-year-old Kyle Macdonald-Wolochatiuk, who was a resident of Squamish and originally from Cambridge, Ontario.

Macdonald-Wolochatiuk was participating in speed-flying, a new sport similar to paragliding and parachuting, on Sunday evening. He took off from the First Peak of the Stawamus Chief at 6 p.m. but hit a tree soon and fell 500 metres to his death. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Coroners Service also recalled a similar incident in 2013 in which a speed flyer died jumping off The Chief.

Speed flyers can build speeds of up to 145 km/hr. From the looks of Macdonald-Wolochatiuk’s Facebook page, he was an avid speed flyer who enjoyed flights from the Chief and other mountains in the area.

The below videos are taken from Macdonald-Wolochatiuk’s timeline.

I still can't believe this is real life.Someday we will do an edit with everyone's angles from one of these breakfast club sessions but till then… a quick edit of my p.o.v.Track: Soul Baby by Moontricks

Posted by Kyle Wolochatiuk on Monday, June 15, 2015

Longest edit ever.Thanks for the shot Denham.11m Skycountry Escape mini paraglider speedwingythingy on a Sunday afternoon.

Posted by Kyle Wolochatiuk on Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Sure is nice out these days.

Catching the last of the days energy on the magic rock. wing-Skycountry Escape 11 metermusic-Bob Marley, Could this be love, remixed by Krafty Cutshigher rez over at https://vimeo.com/125868537

Posted by Kyle Wolochatiuk on Thursday, April 23, 2015

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