American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Stranded, Off Route, Colorado, Eldorado Canyon State Park

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  • Publication Year: 2011

STRANDED, OFF ROUTE

Colorado, Eldorado Canyon State Park

On March 4, a male climber (23) and his friend began to rappel the Redguard route sometime around 7:00 p.m. They quickly realized they had descended in the wrong spot and had become stuck. They called two friends who attempted to help them, but after several hours they decided to call 911. Rocky Mountain Rescue performed a technical rescue of the two stuck climbers, and evacuated them without incident and injury.

Analysis

A better knowledge of the descent route may have prevented this incident from occurring. (Source: Boulder County Sheriff’s Department)

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