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Fall on Rock, Protection Pulled Out, Utah, Big Cottonwood Canyon, Mr. Sandman

FALL ON ROCK, PROTECTION PULLED OUT

Utah, Big Cottonwood Canyon, Mr. Sandman

A rock climber suffered serious injuries when he fell in Big Cottonwood Canyon on August 4. The 29-year-old man was backing off a route called Mr. Sandman in the Stairs Gulch area, located off Big Cottonwood Canyon Road, when an anchor came out. He fell about 3 0 feet and landed feet-first on a rock outcropping, apparently breaking both ankles.

Search and rescue crews navigated the very steep, rocky terrain to reach the man, and brought him to an ambulance about two hours after arriving. He was taken to Intermountain Medical Center in Murray. (Source: The Salt Lake Tribune, August 5, 2009, and a posting on Mountain Project)