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Salt Lake man dies in Little Cottonwood Canyon fall

Rescue crews work to locate and recover the body of a fallen hiker in Little Cottonwood Canyon on Sunday. (Scott Winterton, Deseret News)

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LITTLE COTTONWOOD CANYON — Police have identified a Salt Lake man who died Sunday after falling about 200 feet near O'Sullivan Peak in Little Cottonwood Canyon.

Andrew Acuff, 26, went hiking on the Wasatch-Uintah Ridgeline Trail, intending to meet up with others before he fell about 200 feet down a 40-degree slope, according to Unified Police Sgt. Melody Cutler.

"This trail is becoming increasingly popular, and the reality is it's an incredibly dangerous trail which requires a very skilled hiker," Cutler said. "When we talk about highly skilled, we're not just talking about good physical condition. We're talking about having really technical hiking skills in order to complete this."

Salt Lake County sheriff's search and rescue teams recovered the body in an area that she said is "very very technical, very steep."

"This is a very dangerous rescue for our search and rescue teams," Cutler added.


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