Climber Rescued After Falling in Eldorado Canyon State Park

Climber Rescued After Falling in Eldorado Canyon State Park

ELDORADO CANYON STATE PARK, COLORADO – A routine climbing expedition turned into a dramatic rescue operation on Sunday morning, February 25th, in Eldorado Canyon State Park, highlighting the inherent risks associated with rock climbing and the swift response capabilities of emergency crews.

Mountain View Fire Rescue (MVFR) crews, alongside the Rocky Mountain Rescue team, were dispatched to Eldorado State Park following reports of a climber who suffered a fall from a rock face while attempting to ascend the Long John route off of the West Ridge. The climber, who had climbed approximately 25 feet up from the base, experienced a sudden and unexpected fall when a hold broke free from the face.

The MVFR and Rocky Mountain rescue teams worked diligently to locate the injured climber, prepare them for transport, and carefully navigate down the rock face. After successfully reaching the base and crossing a nearby creek, Medic 2222 transported the climber to the hospital. The extent of the injuries remains undisclosed.

Responding units included MVFR Medic 2222, MVFR Rescue 2255, MVFR Engine 2209, MVFR UTV 209, the Rocky Mountain Rescue Team, Boulder County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue, and Colorado State Parks Rangers, demonstrating a coordinated effort to ensure the climber’s safety and swift transport to medical care.

Safety Tips for Climbers

This incident serves as a stark reminder of the unpredictable nature of rock climbing and the importance of preparedness and caution. To help climbers stay safe, here are some essential safety tips:

  1. Equipment Check: Always perform a thorough check of your climbing gear before heading out. Ensure everything is in good condition and properly fitted.
  2. Plan Your Route: Familiarize yourself with the route you plan to climb. Know the difficulty levels and any potential hazards.
  3. Climbing Skills: Regularly update your climbing skills, including how to fall safely, manage loose rocks, and use your equipment correctly.
  4. Buddy System: Never climb alone. Having a partner can make a significant difference in case of an emergency.
  5. Emergency Preparedness: Carry a first aid kit, know basic first aid procedures, and have a plan for how to get help if needed.
  6. Weather Awareness: Be aware of the weather conditions and how they can change. Avoid climbing in adverse weather conditions.
  7. Leave No Trace: Respect the natural environment. Stick to established trails and climbing routes to minimize your impact.

Climbing in places like Eldorado Canyon offers an exhilarating experience amidst nature’s stunning backdrop, but it comes with its set of challenges. By adhering to safety guidelines and preparing adequately for the adventure, climbers can significantly reduce their risk of injury and ensure a rewarding experience.

Alex Derr, Founder of The Next Summit

Alex Derr is an Eagle Scout, climber, and environmental policy expert located in Denver, Colorado. He created The Next Summit to help others stay safe exploring the mountains and advocate to preserve the peaks for the future. Follow him on Linkedin or Twitter or click here to contact him.

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