Ice climber hospitalized after falling 40 feet near Bridal Veil Falls

PROVO, Utah — A 29-year-old man was rescued and taken to the hospital Monday after falling approximately 40 feet while ice climbing near Bridal Veil Falls, according to Sgt. Spencer Cannon with the Utah County Sheriff’s Office.

The agency was notified of the incident just after 11 a.m.

Cannon said the man was ice climbing with at least two other people in one of the chutes just east of Bridal Veil Falls when the fall occurred.

“It’s a very common place for people to come ice climbing.”

The man was knocked a little senseless, according to Cannon, but he never lost consciousness.

Utah County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue and the Provo Fire Department responded to the scene. A Utah Department of Public Safety helicopter was eventually called out as well.

At approximately 1:45 p.m., the man was hoisted out by the helicopter and brought down to the base of Bridal Veil Falls.

“Because of where they were, if we’d have had to carry him out, it would have taken us several hours at least,” Cannon said.

He was then transported in an ambulance to Utah Valley Hospital.

Cannon confirmed on Twitter the man suffered a broken arm and back injury as a result of the fall.

No cause for the fall has been released.

At 11:09 AM @UCSO a 29 year old man fell 40’ while ice climbing near Bridal Veil Falls. He sustained a broken arm and back injury. @UCSO_SAR, with @provofire and @UtahDPS Helicopter got him down and an ambulance took him to Utah Valley Hospital.

— Spencer Cannon (@SGTCannonPIO) December 26, 2022