Salt Lake County Sheriff's Search and Rescue

Search and rescue team called out after man falls 150 feet on Cottonwood Ridge

By Graham Dudley, | Posted - Oct. 18, 2020 at 1:45 p.m.

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ALTA — The Salt Lake County Sheriff's Search and Rescue team responded Saturday morning after a trail runner fell about 150 feet from the ridgeline east of Dromedary Peak.

The runner and a partner were attempting the Wasatch Ultimate Ridge Linkup when he slipped on snow or ice and fell onto a slope above Lake Blanche about 10:40 a.m., according to a Facebook post from the search and rescue team. The hiker sustained "significant injuries" in the fall.

His partner was able to call for help, then climb down to him and "provide comfort" until help arrived.

A medical helicopter was requested as rescue teams made their way to the hiker on foot. Life Flight located the two hikers, and the injured man was flown from the scene in a flight bag.

Rescue # 54: Injured Hiker on the Cottonwood Ridge Callout Time: 10:40 AM 10/17/2020 Duration: 5 Hours SLCOSAR...

Posted by Salt Lake County Sheriff's Search and Rescue on Sunday, October 18, 2020

He was treated at the landing zone near Storm Mountain, then flown to a trauma center. The Life Flight crew then returned to the mountain to pick up the injured hiker's companion and a search and rescue team member who'd stayed behind. "The ground teams were recalled," the team wrote on the Facebook post, "and all were off the mountain by 3:30."


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