On Sunday, September 9 at approximately 1:20 p.m., the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Unit responded to a climbing accident at the climbing area known as The Pit, which is accessed from the Canyon Vista Campground. According to a press release, a 12-year-old male who was climbing with family members had fallen approximately 20 feet and was injured.
Flagstaff Fire Department and Guardian Medical Transport assisted in the operation, including hiking to the climber’s location and initiating treatment and transport out of the canyon in a basket litter. The climber sustained a head injury and a wrist injury and was transported by ambulance to Flagstaff Medical Center for treatment. The climber and his family were visiting from the greater Phoenix area.
Investigation into the accident revealed that the climber was lead-climbing a route known as The Microwave and fell while he was attempting to clip his rope to the third bolt fixed on the route. When he fell, the carabiners connected to the second bolt and first bolt broke.
According to the Sheriff's Department, upon inspection it was determined that the carabiners were not rated for climbing.