GOLDEN, Colo. (CBS4) – A 62-year-old man died on Saturday after climbing in Clear Creek Canyon west of Golden.
The man was climbing with other family members when he fell at least 40 feet and was critically hurt. He was pronounced dead after being transported to the hospital.
The incident happened shortly before 1 p.m. near the first tunnel on Highway 6. It took crews nearly an hour to get to the area.
“The victim was unresponsive and unconscious and not breathing,” City of Golden Spokeswoman Karlyn Tilley said. “It was a pretty terrible fall.”
Police so far haven’t said why the man might have fallen. Rescue crews couldn’t confirm if the climber had appropriate gear or what his experience level might have been.
The incident happened in front of witnesses using a well-known area called the Canal Zone. The cliffs near Golden are especially popular with rock climbers.
The victim was climbing with his two adult children. The man’s name hasn’t been released.