An 8-hour search and rescue mission was launched at Eldorado Canyon State Park on Sunday when two climbers became stranded in the dark without headlamps.

According to the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, the pair of climbers started their ascent up the route named Anthill Direct in Eldorado Canyon State Park at about 2:30 PM Sunday. The climbers reached the top of the wall near dusk, leaving them to search for a way back down in the dark. Overtaken by the darkness, the climbers called 911 for help. rates the Anthill Direct route at a 5.9, requiring technical skill level.

Rescue crews trekked through ice and snow before locating the two climbers near the top of the East Slab. Provided with warm clothing and headlamps, the climbers were assisted back down the trail to safety.

Eldorado Canyon State is located in Boulder County. The park offers access to more than 500 technical rock climbing routes. Here’s a look at where it’s located on the map.

Please help keep our first responders and search and rescue teams safe amid the coronavirus outbreak. Special thanks goes out to crews involved in this most recent search and rescue mission including the Boulder County Sheriff’s office and Members of the Rocky Mountain Rescue Group (RMRG).

Editor’s Note: Help fund search and rescue missions across the state of Colorado by purchasing a CORSAR card at By purchasing a card, you are helping reimburse teams for costs incurred in providing help to lost and injured hikers, climbers, mountain bikers, hunters, ATV riders, skiers, snowboarders, and more.

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