Man injured in 40-foot fall on Independence Pass
August 16, 2010
ASPEN – A Lakewood man was hospitalized Sunday afternoon after falling 40 feet at a popular climbing spot on Independence Pass.
The victim, 51, of Lakewood, fell onto rocks while climbing the Junior Olympic Wall near the Grotto Wall area, Pitkin County Sheriff’s Deputy Grant Jahnke said in a press release. The area is about nine miles east of town.
Aspen firefighters and personnel from Mountain Rescue Aspen, the sheriff’s office and Aspen Ambulance responded. The man was about a mile off the highway “in a steep and rocky area,” Jahnke said. “A high-angle rescue” was performed to lower the victim to an ambulance, which took him to Aspen Valley Hospital.
The man suffered back and foot injuries, Jahnke said.