American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Fall on Rock, Climbing Alone, Inadequate Clothing and Equipment, Colorado, Boulder Canyon, Dome Rock

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  • Publication Year: 2011


Colorado, Boulder Canyon, Dome Rock

On the evening of September 9, Brenna Fisch (19), began soloing up The Owl (5.7), a popular crack climb on The Dome, a 200-foot-high granite cliff. From all indications, it appears that Brenna slipped, then slid and fell 40 feet down the cliff to the base at about 6:00 p.m., about an hour before sunset. She suffered multiple injuries, including a severe head injury, crushed eye socket and forehead. Slipping in and out of consciousness, she began crawling down the access path to a bike path below.

She managed to crawl about 100 feet. Two climbers found her twelve hours later at 6:30 a.m. the next morning. She was hypothermic. Brenna was dressed in spandex shorts, sports bra, and shoes and not prepared for the night’s cold temperatures. She was evacuated by rescuers and transported to Boulder Community Hospital where surgeons repaired her skull, rebuilt her eye socket, and reattached an ear. (Source:

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