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Rock climber critically injured after falling in Big Cottonwood Canyon

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BIG COTTONWOOD CANYON — A 20-year-old woman was hospitalized in critical condition Saturday after she fell while rock climbing in Big Cottonwood Canyon.

The woman was not wearing a helmet when she fell about 50 feet near the Storm Mountain area about 5 p.m., said Unified Police Lt. Paul Barker.

The woman, whose name was not immediately released, suffered a head injury, but regained consciousness soon after the fall, he said. Friends and family hiking with the woman helped lead medical personnel to the area.

A medical helicopter transported the woman to the hospital. Police are investigating what caused her to fall, and warned climbers to always use proper climbing gear.

Ashley Stilson


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