A Twin Cities man fell to his death in a Utah canyon, and it took a day for rescuers to reach him in the perilous terrain, authorities said.
Scott Henning, 33, of Delano, fell roughly 60 feet while descending on a rope shortly before 6:30 p.m. Monday in east-central Utah’s Moonflower Canyon, according to the Grand County Sheriff’s Office.
Henning “encountered a problem with the rope” before he fell, the Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.
According to the Sheriff’s Office:
A helicopter flew emergency medical personnel to the canyon, where Henning and a friend had been hiking above the canyon. Henning began rappelling into the canyon and fell.
County search and rescue members also arrived at the scene, but “the terrain made access difficult,” the statement continued.
“Because of safety reasons, the decedent was recovered with the assistance of the [state] Department of Public Safety helicopter the next day,” the statement read.
A popular website for climbers in Utah, Climb-Utah.com, describes the canyon as having a “technical canyoneering route that contains a dramatic 197-foot rappel. This rappel can unnerve even experienced canyoneers as you literally step off into space. The views are dramatic.”