Climber Chris Hunnicutt dies ice climbing in Provo Canyon


Chris Hunnicutt at Paradise Forks, Arizona.Photo by Andrew Kornylak -


Chris Hunnicutt, a 32-year-old Salt Lake City climber, lost his life on Tuesday, January 30th while climbing Stairway to Heaven (WI5) in Provo Canyon. Hunnicutt, an experienced ice and rock climber, was climbing with his partner and was just topping-out the third pitch when he apparently lost his footing. His last piece of protection was well below him, resulting in a lead-fall of the entire pitch where he struck a ledge and died on the scene. Chris, originally from Virginia, had recently relocated from Arizona to Salt Lake City to enjoy the abundant local climbing and work as a Regional Dealer Sales and Service Representative at Black Diamond Equipment. His quiet demeanor and unassuming get-it-done attitude made him instantly well-liked. His death is a true loss for Black Diamond and the local climbing community. Chris leaves behind his brother, mother & father and many friends.

A Outward Bound memorial fund has been created in Chris' name to enable other teenagers to experience the trips where Chris solidified his love of the outdoors.

Donations can be made online at , by phone (718-943-1253) or mail (Outward Bound, 100 Mystery Point Road, Garrison, NY 10524).

Please indicate that your donation is for the "Christopher Hunnicutt Memorial Scholarship Fund" on the bottom of your check, or if online, in the Comments section directly under your credit card information.

If you have any questions or need additional information please contact: Kathleen Lendvay — 206-228-0303