17-year-old climber dies after posting to social media, falling near First Flatiron

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BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. — A 17-year-old boy died after posting an image to social media, then falling while free climbing near the First Flatiron on Sunday night, the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office said.

The accident happened just before 6 p.m. above the Blue Bell shelter, the sheriff’s office said.

No other climbers saw the boy fall but did hear it and tried to help. When first responders arrived, they found the boy was not breathing and had no pulse.

Attempts to revive him were unsuccessful and the boy was pronounced dead from significant trauma from the fall, the sheriff’s office said.

The preliminary estimate is that he fell more than 100 feet from near the top of the First Flatiron to the base. The sheriff’s office said the boy appeared to be climbing alone.

He reportedly didn’t have any climbing-specific equipment with him, but did have a small amount of camping and outdoor survival gear with him.

He posted an image on social media depicting a vantage point near the top of the First Flatiron shortly before the call reporting a fallen climber.

The boy’s identity was not released pending notification of next of kin. Foul play is not suspected.

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