A Boulder man is recovering from injuries sustained after falling an estimated 70 feet while climbing at Eldorado Canyon State Park.
The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office received a call about a climber who had fallen onto a trail about a quarter of a mile from the park entrance shortly before 10:40 a.m. on Saturday.
The fallen climber, 24-year-old Jamie Shaw, was climbing the Anthill Direct climbing route with a friend when he fell.
Shaw’s climbing partner heard him yell for help as he was falling and witnessed Shaw hit the rock face.
He was wearing a helmet at the time, and also used climbing ropes and a safety harness, the sheriff’s office said.
Shaw was evacuated from the trail and transported by ambulance to Rocky Mountain Fire Stations No. 6, where he met an awaiting air ambulance from Northern Colorado Medical Evac. From there, Shaw was taken by air to Denver Health Medical Center.
Shaw suffered a significant injury to his right lower leg, along with lacerations and abrasions to other parts of his body.
He was conscious, alert, and communicating with rescue personnel during the rescue.
Rescue personnel from the Rocky Mountain Fire Protection District and Rocky Mountain Rescue Group responded to the scene, along with sheriff’s deputies.