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Climber falls from “Red Rocks” formation in Boulder

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A Flight for Life helicopter transported the climber to a nearby hospital. April 9, 2012. Courtesy Boulder Daily Camera

A Flight for Life helicopter transported the climber to a nearby hospital. April 9, 2012. Courtesy Boulder Daily Camera

BOULDER, Colo. – A climber was hospitalized after a 65-foot fall from a rock formation in west Boulder Monday, authorities said.

Boulder Fire, Rocky Mountain Rescue and park rangers responded to Settler’s Park, near Pearl Street and Canyon Blvd., shortly before noon after receiving a report of a male climber who had fallen from the “Red Rocks” formation.

Boulder Police spokeswoman Kim Kobel says the climber was “scrambling” on the rock formation, meaning he was ascending the rocks with minimal gear, when he fell.

Other hikers in the area called 911 after hearing the man yell for help, Kobel said.

A Flight for Life helicopter transported the climber to St. Anthony’s Hospital in Denver.

“It’s believed that the man suffered severe head trauma and other injuries,” said Kobel. “The victim’s boots were untied, and one was found partway up the rocks.”