“The climber was fortunate; rescuers were amazed and glad at his ability to maintain his purchase during the seven-hour rescue operation.”
Post Independent reports a hiker got cliffed out on the side of Red Mountain in Garfield County for more than seven hours over Labor Day weekend. He had down climbed into steep terrain with loose rock and dirt and decided it was too dangerous to continue and called for rescue. It would have been difficult to pin down his exact location in the dark but the hiker was advised to use his cellphone’s light to signal down to the road for rescuers to get a visual. A helicopter was used to bring the hiker to safety.
*Authorities say the incident serves as a reminder to anyone interested in steep technical climbing to have the proper equipment. “Without having the proper equipment and training these ‘recreational’ climbers put themselves and those who had to make the rescue in danger.”