A Boulder climber was airlifted to a Denver hospital after falling about 120 feet from a rock formation and landing in the middle of the westbound lane of Boulder Canyon Drive last Tuesday evening, according to sheriff’s deputies.
The climber, whose name was not released by authorities, was estimated to be in his late 20s. He suffered serious head injuries. He was not wearing a helmet at the time of the fall.
The climber was on a route known as “Boulderado” with another climber when he fell. Nederland rescue personnel were the first responders to the accident and reached the climber quickly, according to sheriff’s deputies. Both lanes of Colo. 119 were closed during the rescue.
This is just one of the most recent of a series of falls by climbers in the foothills, fueling concerns about the adequacy of training provided recreational climbers and the responsibility for the cost of the rescue operations. The most recent climber falls include:
- 08/21/2010 – An experienced climber was seriously injured in the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area west of Brainard Lake on Saturday morning and rescued via helicopter after a lengthy search of the area.
- 07/18/2010 – A Boulder man, 27-year-old William Esposito, was rescued Saturday afternoon after a fall while climbing on Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park.
- 06/26/2010 – A man who was simul-climbing with a companion on the Redgarden Wall rock formation in Eldorado Canyon State Park on Saturday morning injured his head after he fell 80 to 100 feet and is listed in similar results
- 06/02/2010 – A rock climber was rescued Tuesday evening after he fell climbing a route on The Riviera wall at the Bihedral climbing area in Boulder Canyon.
- 03/06/2010 – A 21-year-old rock climber was injured in a 20-foot fall from an area above Boulder Falls on Saturday afternoon.