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Publish Date: 4/3/2005

Climber’s death closes canyon


A rock climber fell to his death Saturday afternoon north of Nederland in Boulder Canyon, when he slipped while looking for a bolt to hook his rope to.

Boulder County emergency workers scrambled to save the man described as an experienced climber in his 30s. His name was not being released Saturday night because relatives had not yet been notified.

“He did not make it to the chopper,” said Marci Linton, an emergency services coordinator for the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office. “It was a hard, hard call.”

Emergency workers temporarily shut down Boulder Canyon as they attempted to rescue the climber, who witnesses say hit his head when he fell approximately 25 feet.

He was climbing with three others, who at about 12:43 p.m. flagged down a Pridemark ambulance on its way to another accident.

The climbers thought they were in another part of the canyon on a well-used climbing route described in a Boulder Canyon guide. They were a quarter-mile off the route, according to Linton.

The ambulance paramedics called for a helicopter. Flight for Life nurses who arrived shortly after receiving the call tried to save the man, according to investigators.

The Boulder County coroner is expected to perform an autopsy on the fallen climber to determine what killed him.

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