American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Climber Pulled Rock Off, Rock Fall

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  • Publication Year: 2011


Colorado, Eldorado Canyon, Wind Tower

On June 17 rescuers were called to Eldorado Canyon State Park for a rock- slide with a person trapped. Selma Hafizbegovic (39) was going to climb the Wind Tower rock formation via the Recon Route (5.6). She was with four other climbers, all from New York. Selma was walking near the group when two of her friends began to climb. When the first climber started up, he pulled down a large rock they described as being approximately the size of a person. Selma, who was standing below, was swept down a ravine approximately fifty feet with the rocks. She was not trapped in the rubble. They were all wearing helmets.

She was evacuated by members of the Rocky Mountain Rescue Group and Rocky Mountain Fire and flown to a Denver area hospital. Her injuries resulted in paralysis. (Source: From a Boulder County Sheriff’s Department press release and

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