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By Erik Hopkins
Jan 27, 2013

Anyone have more info?

I watched the eldo rescue last night from my house. I saw people with 1 or 2 pitches left to climb on the yellow spur late yesterday afternoon and figure it was them who got benighted in the rain. It looked epic with headlamps beaming all over the walls. I am not sure when the rescue started but people were still coming down the east slabs at 11:45pm in the cold rain. Made for some entertaining listening on the online scanner

www.radioreference.com/apps/audio/?feedId=4213

Thanks to the rescue crews who responded (rocky mountain rescue group?) You guys and galls rock!!!




FROM THE DAILY CAMERA

Boulder County crews take part in two climber rescue operations Saturday night
All 6 climbers invovled expected to be OK, officials say
By Joe Rubino, Camera Staff Writer
Posted: 01/26/2013 07:55:41 PM MST
Updated: 01/27/2013 02:12:53 AM MST

Boulder County emergency crews on Saturday night orchestrated separate rescue operations on a climbing route on Boulder's third Flatiron and on the Redgarden Wall in Eldorado Canyon State Park, aiding six stranded climbers, according to officials with the Boulder County Sheriff's Office.

Boulder County sheriff's Sgt. Vinnie Montez said emergency crews from various Boulder County agencies were taking part in rescue efforts that were still underway at approximately 10:30 p.m.

Montez said it is expected that all six climbers -- three that were stranded on the third Flatiron and three more stranded in Eldorado Canyon -- would be rescued without suffering any serious injuries.

Officials first received calls about the group stranded on the Redgarden Wall around 6 p.m. Saturday, Montez said. Sheriff's deputies and crews from Rocky Mountain Fire Department and American Medical Response were among the agencies that responded to the call.

Officials on the scene reported the trio of climbers were in the middle of the climb when they "ran out of daylight," and began yelling out for help and were heard by other climbers who called police, Montez said.

When rescuers located the group, they determined the best course of action would be to use ropes to help them climb back to the top of the rock formation, where they could then led out on foot to where emergency crews were staging, Montez said.

Initial calls regarding the three climbers stranded on the third Flatiron came in at 7:29 p.m. Saturday, Montez said. The group had climbed up a standard route on the mountain and were preparing to rappel down when their rope became stuck, stranding them 200 feet above the ground, Montez said.

As darkness and cold, wet weather set in, the group called for help. Rescuers, including volunteers with Rescue Mountain Rescue, located the group, and, as of 10:30 p.m. Saturday, were in the process of performing a technical evacuation to get them off the mountain and down to where rescue crews were staging near the Bluebell Shelter, Montez said.

The group, made up of two men and one woman, are not suspected to be injured, but will be assessed to see if they might be suffering from hypothermia after being exposed to the elements for so long, Montez said.

"The climbers were really unprepared for the weather conditions," Montez said.


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By Locker
From Yucca Valley, CA
Jan 28, 2013
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"Officials on the scene reported the trio of climbers were in the middle of the climb when they "ran out of daylight," and began yelling out for help".


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By Jim Amidon
Jan 28, 2013
What ??

Kind of sums it up ey ???

Ran out of daylight.......


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By frankstoneline
Jan 28, 2013

Jim Amidon wrote:
Kind of sums it up ey ??? Ran out of daylight.......

this time of year darkness is quite unpredictable you know...


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By Scott McMahon
From Boulder, CO
Jan 28, 2013
Bocan

The flatirons are the place that I most definintely learned to always keep a headlamp and some emergency gear with you no matter what time you are leaving or or how fast you think you are going to be moving.

I've walked off in the dark more than once and was checking friends rap setups off the light of a cell phone. It;s close and can be easy climbing, but hundreds of feet of the deck is not a place to be screwing around. Prepare for the worst and expect the best.


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By Malcolm Daly
From Boulder, CO
Jan 28, 2013

Aron Ralston and I once topped out on the 3rd just as it got dark. We had no headlamps and made it to the ground fine but walking down without a light was epic. I've done plenty of descents in the dark but on the descent from the 3rd you get blinded by the lights from the city and your eyes never get adjusted to the dark.

Epic. Take a light. Any light.


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By George Bell
From Boulder, CO
Jan 28, 2013
Hip trouble ...

Great job by RMR! It is not simple to rescue people near the top of the Third Flatiron in the rain and darkness. I would assume they have to climb Friday's Folly in the dark, in the rain ... or maybe the Southwest Chimney


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By Stich
From Colorado Springs, Colorado
Jan 28, 2013
Coffee after freezing our asses off near James Peak.


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By Monty
From Golden, CO
Jan 28, 2013
Just a teaser

I saw the beginnings of the eldo "rescue" as I was walking back from Mickey Mouse, but it seemed as if the climbers on the yellow spur had a headlamp... Maybe I'm wrong and it was actually a rescuer but there was a guy at the base of the last pitch arete with his headlamp on strobe mode.


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By ROC
From Englewood, CO
Jan 28, 2013

Stich - best climbing meme ever.


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By Stich
From Colorado Springs, Colorado
Jan 28, 2013
Coffee after freezing our asses off near James Peak.

Monty wrote:
Maybe I'm wrong and it was actually a rescuer but there was a guy at the base of the last pitch arete with his headlamp on strobe mode.


That was the rave in progress. I was supposed to bring my DJ kit, but shit came up.


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By Charles I.
From Boulder, CO
Jan 28, 2013
Climbing the Second Icefield.  Watch for stonefall here and move fast.

ROC wrote:
Stich - best climbing meme ever.


+1 !


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