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November 19, 2023

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Fallen Climber With Head Injury Rescued at “The Dome” Climbing Formation

Boulder County, Colo. -

On Sunday November 19, 2023, at approximately 3:18 pm, Boulder County Communications was notified of a climber who had fallen and sustained a head injury in the area of “The Dome” climbing formation, at approximately the 39-mile marker of Boulder Canyon.

The 39-year-old male was lead climbing with a partner when he lost his footing and fell. While falling, he pulled some of his protective gear out of the wall resulting in him falling and sliding approximately 30 feet before his climbing partner was able to arrest his fall. The climber sustained serious injuries during the fall and was unable to walk out to the trailhead.

Rescuers from Four Mile Fire, Sunshine Fire, and Rocky Mountain Rescue Group arrived on scene quickly and fielded to locate the injured party. Upon arriving at the climbers, rescuers began providing additional medical care for the injured climber. They were joined shortly after by Paramedics from American Medical Response. The injured climber was stabilized and packaged into a full body vacuum splint and litter. An evacuation was conducted to bring the injured climber down through the technical terrain and out to the Boulder Creek Path. He was evacuated to the road and loaded into the ambulance. He was transported to a local area hospital for further medical care and evaluation.

Agencies assisting with this rescue effort included: The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, Boulder Emergency Squad, City of Boulder Open Space Mountain Parks Rangers, Four Mile Fire Protection District, Rocky Mountain Rescue Group, Sunshine Fire Protection District, and American Medical Response.

The associated Boulder County Sheriff's Office case number is: #23-06254.

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/s/ Ryan Singer, Emergency Service Coordinator