Rock climber falls 100 feet at Eldorado State Park

Full story: KUSA Denver

The Boulder County Sheriff's Office says a 50-year-old man was climbing a popular route known as the "Red Garden Wall" with a friend when he fell Saturday afternoon.
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matt

Littleton, CO

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May 20, 2007
 
ouch
Allie

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May 20, 2007
 
Hope he recovers soon. That had to hurt.
Jane Doe

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May 20, 2007
 
No commernts,
Scott

Colorado Springs, CO

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May 20, 2007
 
Hope he's okay, and I hope he was wearing a helmet. That's a beautiful climb with lots of climbers so there's always a risk some rocks will get knocked down onto you.
Nobodys Fool

Denver, CO

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May 20, 2007
 
Eyewitness reports say he was on Rewritten - took a fall and pulled two pieces. I'll venture a guess he was on the crack just past the airy traverse around pitch 4. It's pretty much a straight-shot down from there and without a helmet he would likely have suffered a much more severe batch of injuries. Rescue crews state he suffered a broken scapula. Hope he mends quickly and will share his TR with all.

Rescue crews were extremely busy yesterday - in addition to this event, a gal suffered a seizure at Eldo and was transported out. A mock rescue had also been planned which the crews still intended to complete. Here's to the great SAR teams we have in Colorado - but everyone please be careful out there and don't give the crews unnecessary work because of someone's carelessness.
team good

Lafayette, CO

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May 20, 2007
 
Nobodys Fool wrote:
Eyewitness reports say he was on Rewritten - took a fall and pulled two pieces. I'll venture a guess he was on the crack just past the airy traverse around pitch 4. It's pretty much a straight-shot down from there and without a helmet he would likely have suffered a much more severe batch of injuries. Rescue crews state he suffered a broken scapula. Hope he mends quickly and will share his TR with all.
Rescue crews were extremely busy yesterday - in addition to this event, a gal suffered a seizure at Eldo and was transported out. A mock rescue had also been planned which the crews still intended to complete. Here's to the great SAR teams we have in Colorado - but everyone please be careful out there and don't give the crews unnecessary work because of someone's carelessness.
what kind of rock is that?
Numbers

Denver, CO

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May 20, 2007
 
Ouchy is right
Nobodys Fool

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#9
May 20, 2007
 
Eldo is mature quartz sandstone.
Network Engineer

Arvada, CO

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#10
May 20, 2007
 
This is the reason why rock climbing never was my cup of tea. When you fall you either break your back or you are dead. I have never heard of anyone falling that just walked away. I have a lot of respect for the sport. But could never do such a thing. It also the reason why I never got into motorcycles. Everyone that I know who has every crashed on a motorcycle either has major medical problems or walk with one hell of a limp.
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#11
May 20, 2007
 
Statistically, there are more deaths in the US caused by drunk drivers than from rock climbing. Network, you might want to reconsider driving to work.

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