The climber suffered a back injury after he slipped and fell about 20 feet at the Index Town Wall.

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INDEX — A climber who was injured in a fall at a popular climbing area near the Snohomish County town of Index was rescued and airlifted to a local hospital.

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office was called at about 10:45 a.m. Saturday to help an injured climber at the Index Town Wall.

Spokeswoman Courtney O’Keefe says the climber had slipped and fell about 20 feet. He sustained a back injury.

Fire personnel reached the climber at the base of the wall. After providing medical care, the rescue team moved the man to a small clearing.

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The SnoHAWK10 helicopter transported the climber to Providence Regional Medical Center.

His condition was not immediately known.