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Climber falls to his death

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LITTLE COTTONWOOD CANYON — An 18- or 19-year-old man fell to his death while climbing in an area south of Gate Buttress trailhead Sunday.

The identity of the man was not released early Monday.

About 8:30 p.m. a person in the area called 911 after hearing people on the mountain screaming for help, Salt Lake County Sheriff 's spokeswoman Peggy Faulkner said.

Rescuers noticed two people apparently clinging to bushes. They indicated they had a companion who had fallen about 300 feet. A deputy hiked to the man before nightfall and determined he had died, Faulkner said.

Other members of Salt Lake Sheriff Search and Rescue Patrol climbed the mountain in the dark to bring the two other hikers to safety.