Climber falls 250 feet, dies in Eldorado Canyon

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BOULDER, Colo. – Authorities said a climber died after falling 250 feet from the top of a rock formation in Eldorado Canyon State Park Friday afternoon.

According to the Boulder County Sheriff’s Department, a 41-year-old man was found on 9 Kneale Road, just below the Bastille Rock formation at approximately 5:25 p.m. Friday.

Boulder County Sheriff’s Sgt. Lori Cox told the Daily Camera that the man was not wearing climbing gear when his body was found.

The paper reported that 26-year-old David Applehans of Lafayette witnessed the fall, and he said the man was alone and, “did not scream when he went over the edge of the rock formation.”

Applehans’ climbing partner, who is a paramedic, was the first to call 911 after they witnessed the fall, according to the paper.

The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office and the county coroner’s office are investigating the death. Deputies said there were no indications of foul play, and investigators said the climber’s name will be released when all family members have been notified of the death.  

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