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Ice Climber Dies from Head Injuries After Fall at Custer Gallatin National Forest

A 36-year-old man succumbed to his injuries after sustaining blunt force trauma to the head from the fall, according to police

<p>Gallatin County Sheriff Search and Rescue </p> Ice climber Kyle Rott died in Montana on Saturday after a fall during a climb

Gallatin County Sheriff Search and Rescue

Ice climber Kyle Rott died in Montana on Saturday after a fall during a climb

A 36-year-old man hit his head during a fall in Montana on Saturday and later died as a result of his injuries.

Kyle Allen Rott fell and injured himself during a recreational ice climb around 3 p.m. local time on Saturday, according to a release from the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office. Authorities responded to a 911 call reporting Rott’s fall, as well as a call on a GPS device near the area where he had been climbing — Grotto Falls in Hyalite Canyon, near Big Sky, Montana.

Five search and rescue teams from the sheriff’s office responded to the call, along with Two Bear Air Rescue and medical helicopters. When Rott was found, he was immediately treated for his injuries before being “hosted from the area” by the responding helicopters.

He was taken to a local hospital, Bozeman Health Deaconess Regional Medical Center, “where he later succumbed to his injuries,” per the release.

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The death was ruled accidental by the coroner’s office. Rott died as a result of blunt force trauma to the head from the fall, according to authorities.

Gallatin County Sheriff Dan Springer expressed his condolences to Rott’s family, who are located in South Dakota.

<p>Getty</p> Kyle Rott was climbing in Hyalite Canyon in Montana on Saturday when he was injured

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Kyle Rott was climbing in Hyalite Canyon in Montana on Saturday when he was injured

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According to an obituary by local news outlet KBZK, Rott had “a deep love for mountains, climbing and exploration,” and Hyalite Canyon was among his favorite places to climb.

He previously worked at a wildlife sanctuary caring for wolves in Missoula, Mont., as a climbing guide at Yosemite National Park and for Montana Alpine Guides.

Rott was described as someone who “marched to the beat of his own drum and was eager to venture off and embrace his free-spiritedness.”

He is survived by his mother, sister and grandmother, per the obituary. 

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