American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Lightning — Utah, Little Cottonwood Canyon

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Utah, Little Cottonwood Canyon

A violent storm swept through Salt Lake Valley on July 8, and lightning struck two climbers in Little Cottonwood Canyon near Alta, killing one and critically injuring the other. Winds gusted to 60 knots, and two and a half centimeters of rain fell in 20 minutes. (Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer, July 9, 1984)

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