In recent weeks, a number of incidents have occurred on the Second Flatiron in Boulder, Colorado that have required a response from search and rescue teams.
According to the Boulder County Sheriff's Office, a 31-year-old female climber required rescue on Sunday afternoon after getting stuck while scrambling on the Second Flatiron in Boulder County. The climber reached a section of the climb in which she was unable to safely move up or down the rock formation. Members of Rocky Mountain Rescue Group were able to reach the stuck climber via technical gear before lowering her down the mountain. She was uninjured and able to hike back to the trailhead.
While this story had a happy ending, other incidents that have occurred on the same rock formation in recent weeks have not – including one that resulted in the death of a climber. It's also worth noting that a number of rescues have taken place on the Boulder Flatirons in recent weeks in which uninjured climbers got stuck and required rescue.
Known for attracting free solo climbers and scramblers, it's quite common for people to take on technical stretches of the Second Flatiron with no rope or harness. While many of these climbs go well, some don't. If one is considering a technical climb on the Boulder Flatirons, they need to research their route thoroughly and come to the task with plenty of prior climbing experience. Climbing routes on this well-known formation can have severe and fatal consequences.
Thanks goes out to the agencies involved in this mission, including the Boulder County Sheriff's Office, the City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks, and the Rocky Mountain Rescue Group.