The Iron Messiah climb (not pictured here) is considered difficult, rated 5.10.
The Iron Messiah climb (not pictured here) is considered difficult, rated 5.10. (Kelnkelp/Thinkstock)

Climber Dies in Zion National Park

Unroped man fell 80 feet

The Iron Messiah climb (not pictured here) is considered difficult, rated 5.10.
Chris Cohen

A 47-year-old California man died from injuries sustained in a rock-climbing fall at Zion National Park on Sunday, according to a Park Service press release. Christopher Spencer had been climbing Iron Messiah, a challenging 5.10 route, with a partner.

The climbers were on an easy fifth-class approach when Spencer fell backwards approximately 80 feet down the slope. He was not roped in or wearing a helmet at the time of the fall. Spencer was evacuated by helicopter to a nearby hospital, where he died of his injuries.

Spencer’s fall was the fourth fatal accident in Zion National Park this year and the eighth fatal climbing accident there since 1983.

From Outside Magazine, April/May 2021
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