Middle Tennessee man dies in Big South Fork rock climbing accident

BANDY’S CREEK – The National Park Service identified the Middle Tennessee man who died in a rock climbing accident near Twin Arches on Sunday evening on Monday afternoon.

Benjamin Kyle Harris, 34, of Columbia, Tennessee, fell 100 feet to his death while free climbing in the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area on Sunday. According to BSF Superintendent Niki S. Nicholas, Harris was climbing with a friend when the accident happened. As he changed his grip, he fell 100 feet and died.

Harris’ body was taken to Big South Fork Medical Center in Oneida.

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BANDY’S CREEK – A 34-year-old man died Sunday night in a rock climbing accident in the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area.

According to BSF Superintendent Niki S. Nicholas, the man – who was from Columbia, Tennessee – was free-climbing with a friend when the accident happened. As he changed his grip, he fell 100 feet down the cliff and died.

The victim has not been identified, pending notification of family members.

Apparently the crash happened near the Twin Arches in western Scott County.

Columbia is located in central Tennessee, south of Nashville.

According to Nicholas, the man’s body was taken to Big South Fork Medical Center in Oneida.

Rock climbing is a sport that is growing in popularity in both the Big South Fork NRRA and especially its sister park, the Obed River Wild & Scenic in Morgan County. Free climbing is a type of rock climbing that involves climbing without the aid of equipment, with climbers relying instead on their skill and physical abilities to complete the ascent. Typically, climbers use ropes and other equipment to protect themselves from injury in the event of a fall.

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