Climber takes big fall from ‘Animal World’ formation in Colorado

A file photo of Boulder Canyon, Colorado, Photo Credit: Kevin Oliver.

Following a 25 to 30 foot fall in Boulder County, a climber was transported to a Denver hospital with serious injuries.

The 34-year-old male was rock climbing on the “Animal World” rock formation when the accident occurred. The male remained unconscious by the time the rescuers arrived at the scene at about 4:15 PM on Thursday. Additional details about the medical status of the fallen climber have not been released, nor were details about what caused the fall.

In order to remove the injured party from the scene, a technical litter was utilized. American Medical Response (AMR) transported the climber to a helicopter which transported the climber to the hospital with serious injuries. Boulder Canyon was closed during the two-hour rescue.

The Animal World rock climbing area in Boulder Canyon is home to 54 Mountain Project-featured routes. The routes vary in difficulty and include a mix of trad and sport climbs. The ‘Lower Animal World’ portion is the most popular, home to a number of crack climbs. Established bolts in the canyon are typically quite safe and the rock is known for being high quality.

Parties involved included Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, American Medical Response (AMR), Boulder County Emergency Services, Nederland Police Department, United States Forest Service, Nederland Fire Department, Rock Mountain Rescue (RMR), Colorado Department of Transportation, and North Colorado Med Evac. responded. Thanks goes out to all first responders and medical support involved in this incident.


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