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May 5, 2021

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Male injured while scrambling on the first flatiron

Boulder County, Colo. - On Wednesday, May 5, 2021, at approximately 12:00 p.m., the Boulder County Communications Center was notified of a person who had fallen while scrambling on the First Flatiron in Chautauqua Park.

The 19-year-old male was down climbing the back of the First Flatiron when he fell approximately 30 feet. His climbing partner heard him fall and immediately called 911 for assistance. Bystanders helped to provide first aid and keep the injured climber warm while rescuers responded.

Members from Rocky Mountain Rescue Group and City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks rangers were able to access the injured party and provide additional medical care. Rescuers from Rocky Mountain Rescue Group packaged the injured party into a litter, after which a technical evacuation was conducted to bring the injured climber out to the trailhead. The injured party was met and evaluated at the trailhead by paramedics from American Medical Response. He was subsequently transported by ambulance to a local area hospital for further treatment. The rescue took approximately four hours.

Agencies assisting with this rescue effort included: Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks, American Medical Response, and the Rocky Mountain Rescue Group.

The associated Boulder County Sheriff's Office case number is: #21-2154.


/s/ Ryan Singer, Emergency Services Coordinator