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

May 15, 2021, 3:53 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, Utah — 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.

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