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Climber seriously injured after fall at popular Horsetooth Reservoir climbing area


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Climber seriously injured after fall at popular Horsetooth Reservoir climbing area

The 30-foot fall happened Saturday at Duncan’s Ridge on the east side of Horsetooth Reservoir, west of Fort Collins, Colorado.


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A climber was seriously injured Saturday after he fell approximately 30 feet while climbing near Horsetooth Reservoir west of Fort Collins.

Poudre Fire Authority responded to the report just before 2 p.m. at Duncan’s Ridge, a popular climbing area on the east side of the reservoir.

It took rescuers a little more than an hour to stabilize the male patient and move him from the bottom of the ridge using a high-angle rope rescue to an awaiting UCHealth LifeLine medical helicopter in which he was transported to an area hospital, according to PFA.

The rescue team included members of PFA, UCHealth, Larimer County Emergency Services and Larimer County Parks rangers.

PFA did not release the patient’s name, age, residence or current health status Monday morning.

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