MESA COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – A climber is recovering after falling 40 feet in Little Dominguez Canyon near Grand Junction. Authorities say the man fell part-way down a 200-foot cliff in the area of Rose Creek on Wednesday afternoon.

(credit: Mesa County Sheriff)

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First responders used a helicopter to reach the bottom of the canyon and hiked about a mile in steep terrain to reach the climber.

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(credit: Mesa County Sheriff)

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He was airlifted to a local hospital with serious injuries but he is expected to recover.

Anica Padilla