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June 26, 2022

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Stuck Climber Rescued from Fern Canyon Slabs

Boulder County, Colo. -

On Sunday, June 26, 2022 at approximately 11:19 am, Boulder County Communications was notified of a hiker who had become stuck after attempting to scramble up “The Slabs” near the top of Fern Canyon, just west of Boulder.

The 21-year-old male, from Arvada, was hiking with friends when they decided to attempt to scramble up part of the Fern Canyon slabs. The male got approximately 50 feet up on the rock when he realized he did not have a good route down. He attempted to traverse to a different part of the rock but became even more stuck. As a result, his friends called 911 for assistance.

Rangers from the City of Boulder Open Space Mountain Parks and Rescuers from Rocky Mountain Rescue Group hiked in and were able to contact the stuck climber. Rescuers climbed the rock and built an anchor above the stuck party, before securing him and lowering him to the ground on a rope system. The stuck climber was uninjured and was able to hike out to the trailhead.

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

The associated Boulder County Sheriff's Office case number is: #22 – 02995.


/s/ Ryan Singer, Emergency Service Coordinator