2 Climbing Accidents in Boulder Area

The Daily Camera reports an accident in Boulder Canyon where a climber properly equipped died and an accident on Mount Sanitas where an unproperly hiker fell 30 feet to the trailhead.

Austin Barker, 24, fell 25 to 40 feet from a rock in the Elephant Buttress climbing area. Officials say he was wearing a helmet and that all his climbing gear appeared to be working properly.

Emergency services supervisor Dave Booton said the sheriff’s office is reminding outdoor enthusiasts to be safe. He said climbers should wear helmets, bring appropriate equipment and technical gear. Climbers should also tie a knot in the end of the rope if they are repelling or belaying, Booton said.

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