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Rock climber injured in 25-foot fall in the Hatcher Pass area

A rock climber in the Hatcher Pass area fell more than 25 feet and landed on a ledge about 60 feet above the ground Tuesday, according to a report from Alaska State Troopers.

The climber’s injuries were not life-threatening and included neck and back injuries, troopers said.

Troopers said that at about 3:27 p.m., they received a report of an injured climber near the end of Archangel Road. The road is north of Palmer in the Talkeetna Mountains.

Alaska State Troopers used a four-wheeler to access the area, they said. The rescue coordination center from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson used a hoist rescue to respond and at about 9:30 p.m. rescued the injured climber, troopers said. The climber was then taken to Providence Hospital in Anchorage, troopers said.

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Emily Goodykoontz

Emily Goodykoontz is a reporter covering Anchorage local government and general assignments. She previously covered breaking news at The Oregonian in Portland before joining ADN in 2020. Contact her at