American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing
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Fall on Rock, Rockfall, Colorado, Poudre Canyon

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  • Publication Year: 2012


Colorado, Poudre Canyon

Late in the day on May 23 a female climber (31) was injured when she was struck by a rock and fell about 20 feet in Poudre Canyon, which is northwest of Fort Collins. She suffered a broken ankle, a crushing injury to her hand, and head lacerations. She was wearing a helmet.

She was transported to Poudre Valley Hospital after an hours-long rescue hampered by rugged terrain and darkness. (Source:


Rockfall is a common objective hazard in many areas. Be prepared by becoming aware of those areas where it is common and develop the appropriate tactics to avoid being struck by rock fall. (Source: Aram Attarian)

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