GLOBE, AZ - Rescue crews airlifted an injured canyoneer out of Parker Creek east of the Valley Thursday morning.
Authorities estimate James Burmood, 34, fell 60-70 feet off a cliff Wednesday night.
Gila County Sheriff's Search and Rescue Commander Johnny Holmes said Burmood was stable and responsive and was flown by helicopter to a Valley hospital.
He broke several bones in the fall.
Globe fire officials said the Burmwood fell around 5 p.m. at Parker's Creek, which is just off Highway 288 near Young, Arizona.
Holmes said he was rappeling with another man, Jack Hasselbusch, who hiked out, got help and led rescue crews to the area where he fell.
Fire crews said it took more than two-and-a-half hours before search and rescue teams were able to reach the Burmwood.
Holmes said a medical crew stayed with the Burmwood overnight, but it was too risky to attempt the rescue in the dark.
A friend of the man's said he is an experienced outdoorsman and knows the area well.
He thinks the man's anchor failed in a "freak accident."
Copyright 2013 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Click on the region names in the map below to see news from that region.
Things To Do
INSIDE: View our list of events happening this week around the Valley.
RIGHT NOW: Top Stories
Have you ever wondered what it's like to be a Phoenix Suns player? Good news! The Suns will be featured in a "live" web special offering real-time, behind the scenes look into a typical day with the NBA team.
Things are warming up again, but we're also tracking the next storm system that may bring rain back to the Valley this week.
Jurors deliberating the sentence for Arizona inmate John McCluskey failed to reach a unanimous verdict, meaning the judge will sentence him to life in prison for murdering a retired Oklahoma couple.
IKEA is recalling millions of children's lamps following the death of a child who choked on the lamp's cord. Another child was injured.
Officials have arrested a former coach on sex charges Wednesday in Goodyear.
Officials are investigating a murder-suicide in a Phoenix neighborhood.