American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Fall on Rock, Climbing Unroped, Colorado, Boulder Canyon, Avalon Crag

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  • Publication Year: 2010

FALL ON ROCK, CLIMBING UNROPED

Colorado, Boulder Canyon, Avalon Crag

On the morning of Monday June 15, a 17-year-old male was climbing with five others when he decided to free-solo the lower part of the Avalon climbing area, located on the South side of Boulder Creek. This area hosts a number of moderate climbs 5.8 to 5.10 sport routes and is popular on weekends.

The teen climbed approximately 40 feet when another member of the group advised him to stop and they would get him a rope to assist him in descending. Witnesses explained that he slipped, fell, and tumbled several times before landing against a log at the base of the cliff. He suffered a laceration to his head, shoulder area and pain to his ankle. Rocky Mountain Rescue Group set up a “Tyrolean” to move the patient across the creek. The patient was transported to Boulder Community Hospital. (Source: Press Release from Boulder County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Services Coordinator)

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