Climber Falls, Suffers Critical Injuries In Clear Creek Canyon

GOLDEN, Colo. (CBS4) – Emergency crews transported an injured climber who fell in Clear Creek Canyon to a hospital Tuesday afternoon.

The rescue happened near Tunnel 2. It took more than 90 minutes to get the climber down. It’s estimated he fell more than 40 feet, resulting in critical injuries.

Highway 6 had to be closed through the canyon during the rescue.

The victim, from Denver, is 50 years old and was not wearing a helmet.

goldenrescue3 from golden Climber Falls, Suffers Critical Injuries In Clear Creek Canyon

(credit: Golden Fire Department)

  • Kate

    I’m wondering how the fall happened. Did a piece of his gear or the gear on the rock fail? Was his belayer not paying attention? Was he lead climbing with too much slack in the rope? 40 feet is a long way to fall, and I’m really curious about how it happened…

    • Ryan

      Same Here…How do you fall 40 feet with protection every 10-15 feet. Even a FF2 fall would be 20-30 feet max, and at that location the bolts are pretty close together I don’t think there are any spots with a potential fall like that…. Unless he fell on the way up or down from the crag, and not actually at the bolted routes. Sounds like in-experienced climbers in bad conditions…. Tuesday @ roughly 2pm it was raining pretty hard at my house in downtown golden, so slick granite and bad decisions may be the culprit.

  • ben

    Yo what happened there is no reason to take a fall that big in clear creek! I have taken 100+footers on the captain in the valley it hurts best wishes to you keep pulling down bro Ben

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