Climber airlifted after 20-foot fall in Gallatin Canyon


BOZEMAN, Mont. - Search crews came to the rescue Sunday of a young female climber who was injured after a 20-foot fall. The incident happened about 30 miles Southwest of Bozeman, in the Gallatin Canyon. The rescuers brought down the injured climber in the area of the Lava Lake trailhead.

We were there on Sunday afternoon as crews carried the climber, a female in her 20's, down the rocky embankment.

Gallatin County Sheriffs Office tells us they got the call just before 12:30 Sunday afternoon. Search and Rescue crews were able to respond quickly because they were in the area near house rock along the river, conducting training exercises. David Hutchison with Gallatin County Search and Rescue says they rarely have climber rescues, but the team was thankful they were in the area and could quickly get to the climber.

"We were all here doing a practical, we had our gear on site so we scurried right up there really quick and got right on it, and i think that was an hour and a half to get her down, it was pretty exceptional for what we had to go through and the terrain," said Hutchison.

Medics on scene says the female possibly has a dislocated elbow, fractured wrist, and was suffering from back pain. She was taken to Bozeman Deaconess for further treatment.

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