Free climber critically injured after falling 50 feet on First Flatiron

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BOULDER, Colo. — A 30-year-old man suffered severe injuries after falling about 50 feet on the First Flatiron in Chautauqua Park on Tuesday, the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office said.

The man, who was not identified, appeared to be free climbing, or climbing without the use of safety equipment, when he fell about 6 p.m., the sheriff’s office said. He suffered a head laceration and possibly a broken leg.

He was flown to a hospital in Denver for treatment and is listed in critical condition.

The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, the Boulder Fire Department, the City of Boulder Parks and Open Space, American Medical Response and volunteers with Rocky Mountain Rescue Group assisted.

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