According to the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, a fallen climber was rescued in Boulder Canyon in the area of “Frisky Cliff” after taking a fall of approximately 25 feet.
The 34-year-old was lead climbing at the time with standard safety equipment, falling and then landing on a ledge above the ground. The extent of the injuries sustained has not been made public, but the climber was transported to a local hospital by ambulance.
“Lead climbing” means that the climber was ascending the route without a top rope safety attached, instead attaching their own protection into the rock face as they progress or clipping into pre-attached bolts (most of the listed routes in the Frisky Cliff area). Because there isn’t a top rope high above someone that is lead climbing, this means they’ll often take bigger, less predictable falls.
According to Mountain Project, the “Frisky Cliff” section of Boulder Canyon features a number of difficult routes, including one 5.8, one 5.12c/d, and eight 5.13s. If you’re unfamiliar with climbing ratings, 5.12s and 5.13s are considered to be some of the most difficult routes in climbing, only climbable by highly skilled climbers. 5.8 would be considered intermediate. It’s unknown which route the climber was on when they fell.
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