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Stranded climbers in Little Cottonwood Canyon guided to safety by high-powered lights from rescue team

LITTLE COTTONWOOD CANYON — Two stranded climbers in Little Cottonwood Canyon were able to climb to safety after a search and rescue team used high-powered lights to guide them to a safe descent Friday night, officials said.

Two climbers attempted to climb a route known as the Schoolroom in the Gate Buttress area of Little Cottonwood Canyon around 4 p.m. Friday, Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue said in a Saturday Facebook post. The climbers finished the route late Friday night and didn’t have enough light to find rappel stations to descend safely.

Two stranded climbers in Little Cottonwood Canyon were able to climb to safety after a search and rescue team used high-powered lights to guide them to a safe descent Friday night
Two stranded climbers in Little Cottonwood Canyon were able to climb to safety after a search and rescue team used high-powered lights to guide them to a safe descent Friday night (Photo: Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Facebook)

A Salt Lake County Sheriff’s search and rescue team that was familiar with the route was dispatched to help the climbers down, the Facebook post said. The team used high-powered lights to light up a descent path to rappel stations on the rocky mountain cliff.

The climbers made it safely down the mountain around 2 a.m. No injuries were reported.

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