First rescue of the season at Horsetooth Falls

Posted at 9:27 PM, May 12, 2016

A climber was rescued at Horsetooth Falls in Fort Collins Thursday evening, making it the first rescue of the season for the Poudre Fire Authority. 

More than 20 members of a multi-agency team rescued the 20-year-old climber, who was climbing with two others when he found himself stuck about 50 feet up above Horsetooth Falls on a steady ledge, according to Madeline Noblett, a spokesperson for the Poudre Fire Authority. 

Larimer County received the call at around 4:41 p.m.

Using high-angle rescue techniques as well as a system of ropes, the rescuers were able to reach the climber just before 6:30 p.m. One rescuer was lowered down to the ledge where the man was stranded, and both were then lifted back up to safety, Noblett said.

The Poudre Fire Authority is reminding hikers and climbers about safety with the following tips:

  • Always try to go out with a partner.
  • Let someone know when you’re going and when you’ll return.
  • Bring the minimum essentials, which include snacks, water, sunscreen and equipment for what you’re doing.
  • Try not to exceed your limits.
  • Be aware of the potential for falling rocks and wildlife.

The agencies involved in the rescue were the included Poudre Fire Authority, Larimer County Search and Rescue and Larimer County Parks, as well as Poudre Valley Hospital medical personnel, according to a press release. 


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