American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Fall on Rock, Inadequate Protection, Utah, Wasatch Mountains, Parleys Canyon

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  • Publication Year: 1996


Utah, Wasatch Mountains, Parleys Canyon

On March 19, Guy Riley (25) fell while climbing on a popular rock buttress at the mouth of Parleys Canyon. Details were somewhat sketchy but Mr. Rileys protection apparently pulled while on lead, causing him to fall approximately 15 feet to the ground. The Sheriff’s SAR team evacuated him and he was transported to a local hospital by ambulance.


Although we don’t know the experience level of this particular climber, this area is very popular with young climbers fresh out of the climbing gyms. (Source: G. Banks, Salt Lake County Sheriff SAR)

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