American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

First Flatiron Fatalities

Colorado, Boulder, The Flatirons

  • Accident Reports
  • Author: The Editors
  • Accident Year: 2017
  • Publication Year: 2018

Two male soloists died in separate falls from the popular First Flatiron above Boulder in 2017. In one case, deteriorating weather likely was a factor, as rain and snow moved in during the man’s climb. The accessible, low-angle slabs of the Flatirons frequently lure inexperienced or ill-prepared scramblers (including those with inadequate footwear) into dangerous positions, forcing rescues.

– The Editors

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