Multi-Agency Rescue of Injured Climber –
On August 20, 2017, at approximately 11:55 a.m., the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call regarding an injured climber at The Crags east of Fish Creek Road and South St. Vrain Avenue near Estes Park. The caller stated his friend fell, had a broken leg, and they were at the base of the Shark’s Fin feature of The Crags.
Rocky Mountain National Park rescuers reached the injured 49-year-old Boulder man at approximately 2:00 p.m., provided medical treatment, and recommended a hoist operation to get the climber to safety. LCSO Emergency Services worked with the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center who dispatched a Blackhawk hoist helicopter from Eagle, Colorado. Larimer County Search and Rescue, Rocky Mountain National Park, and Rocky Mountain Rescue Group set up a guide line rope system to lower the climber as a contingency in case the hoist operation was not possible.
The climber was successfully hoisted by the helicopter at approximately 4:00 p.m. and flown to Estes Park Fair Grounds. The climber was then transported to Estes Park Medical Center via ambulance for treatment of his injuries. All rescue resources cleared the scene by approximately 8:30 p.m.
Photos taken during the rescue mission are attached are may be used with credit given to Larimer County Search and Rescue.