Park City man survives fall in Little Cottonwood Canyon

- LITTLE COTTONWOOD CANYON, (ABC 4 Utah) – A Park City man was injured while climbing in Little Cottonwood Canyon on Friday afternoon.

David Buckland, 46, was repelling down a mountain near Tanners Flat when, according to his son, two anchors gave way.

“He fell almost 60 feet and luckily one of the lower anchors caught him,” son Isaac Buckland said. “I was able to catch him on the belay system and he wasn’t killed.

Isaac said he and his father are avid climbers who use ropes, harnesses and helmets. Still, Buckland took a nasty fall and got tangled in the rope upside down.

“He bounced off a ledge, broke his ankle and possibly broke his hip,” Isaac said.

Search and rescue crews were brought in for a highly technical rescue. They set a 600 foot high line down some of the most treacherous terrain in the canyon to bring Buckland to safety. He was rescued after approximately five hours on the mountain.

“This was a very experienced climbing team,” Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder said. “Even with the best of intentions and training things can happen.”

Winder advised people to never hike or climb alone.

“All it takes is one incident like this where no one knows where you are and this could have turned into a fatality,” Winder said.

Buckland is recovering from his injuries in a local hospital.

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