Climber with prosthetic leg rescued after falling from 2nd Flatiron

Boulder, Colorado. File photo. Photo Credit: StrikingPhotography (iStock).

A man in his early 50’s with a prosthetic leg took a serious fall while climbing the 2nd Flatiron in Boulder’s Chautauqua Park Friday, September 13.

According to the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, at about 4:10 p.m., search and rescue crews came to the assistance of a climber who fell about 15 feet after his prosthetic leg became stuck in the rocks while scrambling near the 2nd Flatiron.

Overall it took about 2 hours for rescue crews to get the injured prepared for a wheeled, litter evacuation. He was transported to a nearby hospital where he was treated for an upper leg injury as a result of the fall.

Thanks goes out to all the rescue crews involved including the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, Rocky Mountain Rescue Group, the Boulder Fire Department, American Medical Response (AMR), and the City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP).

Climbing outside can be dangerous. Always bring enough gear and be prepared for the unexpected. Let someone know where you’re headed and when you plan to return. Be safe out there and have fun!

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