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Climbing Fatality at Black Cliffs, Idaho

July 23 2004 at 11:31 PM
roger  (Login dipper)

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A rock climbing accident claims the life of a Boise woman east of Boise at a spot popular with rock climbers.
The Ada County Sheriff's Department says a man, his 27-year old wife, and seven year old daughter were climbing the Black Cliffs in Ada County when the wife got hit by a falling rock.
Undersheriff Gary Raney says as the man was climbing, and as he pulled himself up, a rock came loose, fell and hit his wife on the head around 6:30 Thursday night.
She then fell.
Deputy Steve Russell says life saving measures were taken, but to no avail.
The exact cause of death has yet to be determined.
Deputy Russell says people getting hurt at the base of climbing areas isn't uncommon.
"Usually, most of the calls that we get--it's not the climbers that get injured, it's the people that are spectating, either getting hit by loose rocks and debris that fall from the mountain," he says.

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