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Boulder falls on female hiker on North table


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Anfarwal Vr · · Denver, CO · Joined Mar 2012 · Points: 225

http://www.denverpost.com/2017/04/05/female-hiker-trapped-by-1500-pound-boulder-in-golden/

Maybe this has already been discussed, but does anyone know where this was? It looks kind of like East Quarry but hard to tell. Looks like this girl and her partner were heading up there to climb when the boulder fell on her...I kind of would like to avoid the area 

Jason Actis · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Apr 2017 · Points: 15

From the video it looks the overhang area. That's also where the camera is pointed in the Golden Fire tweet. It's really something that could happen at any crag and that's a really popular area, but man, she was unlucky.

GeorgeN · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Aug 2010 · Points: 0


Screen shot from video on this CBS4 story with video around 7:40.  Looks to be between where the trail comes up from the parking lot & Mr. Squirrel Places a Nut.

Jon W · · Longmont Colorado · Joined Jun 2010 · Points: 95

Years ago a column that had a route on it fell. It was in that area (within a hundred yards if I remember right). 

Hope she'll be ok.


Anfarwal Vr · · Denver, CO · Joined Mar 2012 · Points: 225

Thanks for the screenshot, that's very helpful. I hope she's ok too--such a horrific accident

plantmandan · · Brighton, CO · Joined Sep 2010 · Points: 40

Wow, that's horrible. Hope she fully recovers. 

Travis Provin · · Boulder CO · Joined Oct 2015 · Points: 105

Very unfortunate, hopefully she makes a full recovery. The rockfall was probably caused by frost wedging, a process where water gets behind the rock, expands as it freezes then thaws in the sun. Repeated occurrence of this process slowly breaks, wedges, and pushes on the rock until it falls. It's no surprise that spring and fall are popular times for this to occur, especially in Colorado.

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