Posted: Sep 23, 2013 8:15 AM by Beth Saboe
BOZEMAN - A 22-year-old Bozeman man is in Billings waiting to undergo surgery for injuries he sustained after a rock climbing accident Saturday.
Family members say Michael Parker suffered a broken lumbar vertebrae and shattered his ankle after falling from Practice Rock in Hyalite Canyon.
The incident happened around 4:50 p.m. Saturday.
Officials describe Parker as a recreational climber and say he fell about 30 to 40 feet. They believe the accident happened because Parker failed to secure his three anchor points.
It took more than 35 rescuers about an hour and a half to get the injured climber off the side of the mountain due to rough terrain.
Parker was taken to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital and then flown to St. Vincent's in Billings to undergo surgery.