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April 9, 2016

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Rescue of Fallen Climber at Eldorado Canyon State Park

A 24-year-old Boulder man fell approximately 70 feet while climbing the 'Anthill Direct' route.

Eldorado Springs, Colo. - Shortly before 10:40 a.m. this morning, the Boulder County Sheriff's Communications Center received a 9-1-1 call from Eldorado Canyon State Park about a climber who had fallen onto a trail approximately 1/4 of a mile from the park entrance. Rescue personnel from the Rocky Mountain Fire Protection District and Rocky Mountain Rescue Group responded to the scene, along with sheriff's deputies.

The fallen climber, 24-year-old Jamie Shaw of Boulder, had been climbing with a friend on the Anthill Direct climbing route when he fell an estimated 70 feet. The initial fall was unwitnessed, but Shaw's climbing partner observed him hit the rock face at least once after he heard Shaw yell for help as he was falling. As a result of the fall, Shaw suffered a significant injury to his lower right leg, as well as several lacerations and abrasions to other areas of his body. Shaw was wearing a helmet at the time of the fall, and had also been using climbing ropes and a safety harness.

Mr. Shaw was evacuated from the trail by litter and was transported by ambulance to Rocky Mountain Fire Stations No. 6 in Eldorado Springs, where he met an awaiting air ambulance from Northern Colorado Med Evac. Shaw was subsequently transported by air to Denver Health Medical Center to receive further treatment for his injuries. Shaw was conscious, alert, and was communicating with rescue personnel throughout the rescue.

The rescue event is documented under Sheriff's Office case report number 16-2039.

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