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Suburban Phoenix climber killed by falling boulder

SUPERIOR, Ariz. — A 66-year-old Tempe man was killed when a boulder struck
him in the head while he held a rope for another climber rappelling on a cliff
at Oak Flat campground east of Superior.

The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office said John Scott was killed Sunday in an area
known as Upper Devil Canyon when a 2-foot boulder came down from the top of the

According to the Sheriff’s Office, another climber saw the boulder falling and
yelled “rock” as a warning. However, the rock struck Scott as he looked up.


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