Spokesman

A man appears to have fallen 200 feet to his death at Smith Rock State Park, according to a Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office news release.

A 9-1-1 call reporting that a climber fell in the area of Misery Ridge at the Terrebonne park came in at 7:50 a.m. April 10, officials said. Deputies and emergency workers determined the man was dead when they found him, officials said. Witnesses told officers that the man was alone and had gone up the Misery Ridge Trail, and they heard a yell and saw the man fall from the top of the trail, officials said.

The fall appears to be accidental, officials said.

The man was not actively climbing at the time of the fall but had climbing rope, a harness and other climbing gear, officials said. His name was withheld because next of kin had not been notified, officials said.

Because of the difficult terrain, 12 of the sheriff’s office’s search and rescue volunteers responded to help remove the man, while park rangers and volunteers and Redmond Fire representatives also helped.

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