SEARCH & RESCUES

Climber Sustains ‘Severe Injuries’ After Falling 70 Feet In Big Cottonwood Canyon

May 15, 2021, 3:53 PM | Updated: Jul 13, 2023, 5:32 pm

(Salt Lake County Sheriff's Search and Rescue)...

(Salt Lake County Sheriff's Search and Rescue)

(Salt Lake County Sheriff's Search and Rescue)

SALT LAKE CITY — A climber was rescued after he fell approximately 70 feet in Big Cottonwood Canyon, suffering severe injuries.

The incident happened around 10:11 p.m. Friday at Narcolepsy Wall.

Officials with the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue said two climbers were scaling a route called Dream Slate in the dark with headlamps. Both reached the top, but while the first climber was lowering down, the second climber was trying to clean the top anchors and fell.

The first climber said he saw the man free fall from the top and land in a large bush, according to a Facebook post from the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue.

Officials said he sustained severe injuries after falling approximately 70 feet.

Unified Fire was the first to arrive on scene.

They assisted the injured man while search and rescue members prepared to lift him approximately 40 feet uphill and then lower him down the trail and back to the road.

“The terrain from the base of the climb, down to the road was steep, rocky, and very loose making it difficult and slow,” read the post. “Because of the terrain, it took approximately 25 Search and Rescue members to extract this patient along with many Unified Fire Fighters and paramedics.”

Officials said teams were off the mountain by 1:30 a.m. Saturday.

Additional information, including the hiker’s identity, was not immediately available.

KSL 5 TV Live

Search & Rescues

Search and rescue crews at the entrance of Frary Peak trail....

Michael Houck

4 teen hikers rescued after getting lost in fog on Antelope Island

Four teenagers needed help off an Antelope Island trail after a thick fog caused them to get lost Tuesday evening. 

3 months ago

Craig Gordon (right) meeting Matt Long (left) for the first time after the tragic avalanche....

Alex Cabrero

20 years after fatal avalanche, an investigator and survivor meet for the first time

A survivor of the fatal avalanche near the Sundance Ski Resort in 2003 met the man who started an avalanche awareness program because of that incident.

4 months ago

The Provo Police Department says thermal technology helped them save a young man who was lost while...

Shelby Lofton

Thermal technology helping Provo police get to stranded hikers quicker

The Provo Police Department says thermal technology helped them save a young man who was lost while hiking Sunday night.

4 months ago

helicopter hovers above a paraglider crash on a snow-covered mountain...

Andrew Adams and Larry D. Curtis, KSL TV

Rescuers airlift man off Mahogany Mountain after Utah County paragliding crash

Rescuers hoisted a paraglider off a Utah County mountain Tuesday night after a crash and said he is expected to recover.

4 months ago

A 26-year-old woman suffered a lower leg injury in a hiking accident Sunday at Arches National Park...

Mark Jones

Woman injured in hiking accident at Arches National Park

A 26-year-old woman suffered a lower leg injury in a hiking accident Sunday at Arches National Park.

4 months ago

Avalanche Awareness Week is coming at a critical time after some areas in the mountains of Utah got...

Dan Rascon

Avalanche Awareness Week provides training for those going into the backcountry

Avalanche Awareness Week is coming at a critical time after some areas in the mountains of Utah got more than 4 feet of new snow as a result of the weekend storm.

4 months ago

Sponsored Articles

Women hold card for scanning key card to access Photocopier Security system concept...

Les Olson

Why Printer Security Should Be Top of Mind for Your Business

Connected printers have vulnerable endpoints that are an easy target for cyber thieves. Protect your business with these tips.

Modern chandelier hanging from a white slanted ceiling with windows in the backgruond...

Lighting Design

Light Up Your Home With These Top Lighting Trends for 2024

Check out the latest lighting design trends for 2024 and tips on how you can incorporate them into your home.

Technician woman fixing hardware of desktop computer. Close up....

PC Laptops

Tips for Hassle-Free Computer Repairs

Experiencing a glitch in your computer can be frustrating, but with these tips you can have your computer repaired without the stress.

Close up of finger on keyboard button with number 11 logo...

PC Laptops

7 Reasons Why You Should Upgrade Your Laptop to Windows 11

Explore the benefits of upgrading to Windows 11 for a smoother, more secure, and feature-packed computing experience.

Stylish room interior with beautiful Christmas tree and decorative fireplace...

Lighting Design

Create a Festive Home with Our Easy-to-Follow Holiday Prep Guide

Get ready for festive celebrations! Discover expert tips to prepare your home for the holidays, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for unforgettable moments.

Battery low message on mobile device screen. Internet and technology concept...

PC Laptops

9 Tips to Get More Power Out of Your Laptop Battery

Get more power out of your laptop battery and help it last longer by implementing some of these tips from our guide.

Climber Sustains ‘Severe Injuries’ After Falling 70 Feet In Big Cottonwood Canyon