Man dies in wife’s arms in rock climbing accident in Canada

A 28-year-old Australian died in his wife’s arms after a rock climbing accident in the Canadian Rockies.

Adelaide residents Daniel Heritage and his wife, Emma, ​​were two months into their two-year adventure abroad when tragedy struck in Calgary on Wednesday, news.com.au reported.

Emma, ​​who saw Daniel take the fatal fall, wrote a heartbreaking letter on Facebook in tribute to her late husband, according to The Advertiser.

“You were my best friend, the love of my life and my adventure buddy,” she wrote in the touching love letter.

“Thank you for bringing so much joy into my life and for helping me realize that I was more capable than I thought. Thank you for inviting me into your world where anything was possible and every day was l ‘opportunity for a new adventure,’ wrote the grieving wife.

Australian couple Daniel Heritage and his wife, Emma, ​​were on a rock climbing adventure in Canada when he fell to his death.
Facebook / Emma Legacy

“My heart longs for you and I would do anything to slow dance to our wedding song, banter together, explore the world or sit quietly reading books/movies together,” she continued.

“Although I am devastated to no longer have the opportunity to grow old together, I feel privileged to have known you,” Emma wrote.

“You were the best husband I could have ever asked for and although I don’t know what the future looks like for me right now, I know you had a great last few months,” she wrote. .

Daniel Heritage, died in an accident
Daniel Heritage, 28, from Adelaide, Australia, was on a rock climbing adventure in Canada with his wife, Emma, ​​when he died in an accident.
Facebook / Emma Legacy

“You were much loved by so many people who had just met you and by those who had the good fortune to know you for many years. I love you now and forever,” she added, ending with: “Your wife, Emma.”

The couple, who had just celebrated their fourth wedding anniversary, posted messages about their trip on social media.

Before embarking on the adventure, Daniel, an engineer, wrote on LinkedIn that he wanted to “pursue hobbies and passion projects that [he hadn’t] previously had the opportunity to do so,” according to news.com.au.

“This includes climbing in the Canadian Rockies, becoming a more proficient skier, developing my photography skills, and by the end of this trip, my goal is to have scaled a frozen waterfall,” he wrote.

Daniel Heritage and his wife, Emma
Emma, ​​who witnessed Daniel take the fatal fall, wrote a heartbreaking letter on Facebook in tribute to her late husband.
Facebook / Emma Legacy
Daniel Heritage and his wife, Emma
“You were my best friend, the love of my life and my adventure buddy,” she wrote.
Facebook / Emma Legacy

Emma’s twin sister Jessica Bartel has started a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for funeral expenses.

“The death was very traumatic for Emma as she witnessed the accident and held him in her arms as he passed,” Bartel wrote.

“As Emma is still in Canada (she is currently staying with friends she has met on her travels), we are desperate to send a family member from Australia to be with her to support her through her grief and for the ‘help bring her and her husband home,'” she wrote.

“We would greatly appreciate any support to help reduce the financial costs associated with such a sudden trip and to support the families with funeral costs and other expenses,” Bartel wrote.

Emma Heritage, who lost her husband in a rock climbing accident
Emma Heritage on her wedding day four years ago.
Facebook / Emma Legacy

The sister told The Advertiser that Daniel “felt like my brother long before they got married.”

She added: “One thing I loved the most about him was the way he cared about other people. You always felt heard by him.

Daniel’s older sister, Brianna, also paid tribute.

“Even though you were younger, you were still the one watching over me,” she said, according to The Advertiser.

“When I was sad you let me crawl into your bed. When I was down you would always know what to say. You are always the person I turn to for advice,” she wrote .

Emma Heritage, who lost her husband in a rock climbing accident
The couple had just celebrated their fourth wedding anniversary.
Facebook / Emma Legacy

And his younger sister, Rebecca Heritage, remembered Daniel as a man with the “kindest heart, the most infectious smile and the strongest morals” who was “living his best life in Canada”.

“You were the best big brother I could have ever asked for,” Rebecca said, according to the outlet.

“Now who is going to cyber-stalk a potential new man in my life and give me his entire personal/professional background in the span of 5 minutes?” she says.

“He had so many goals and he was the kind of person who achieved his dreams and lived his life to the fullest,” the sister added. “He loved his wife Emma so much, I’ve never seen him happier than he was when he was with her.”

Virginia F. Goins