Injured Climber Rescued From National Park

A climber falls more than 60 feet injuring himself and is forced to spend the night in the Black Canyon as search and rescue crews work to mobilize him. A spokesperson with the National Park Service says the 37–year–old man who wished not to be identified may have a fractured pelvis and femur but is stable. Two nearby climbers were able to lower the injured man to the base of the climb in the North Rim area of the park where they waited with him for help to arrive. The man fell during an ascent of the Escape Artist Route in the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park around 5:00 p.m. Saturday. At about 10:00 p.m. a paramedic with the Montrose Fire Department arrived on scene and assessed the man's health and stayed the night with him. Sunday afternoon a search and rescue team of ten lowered the man about 600 vertical feet over to the river where a helicopter retrieved the fall victim and transported him to Montrose Memorial Hospital. Phil Zichterman with the National Park Service says the 37–year–old man was on a registered route and climb with proper protection. Zichterman adds the area in which the man was climbing is one of the toughest and most popular in the state and should only be climbed by experts.
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