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Multiple Rescues on Flagstaff Mountain and First Flatiron
On Tuesday, July 10th, 2012 at approximately 1645 hours, Rocky Mountain Rescue Group and Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, along with the City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks Rangers responded to the report of a 22-year old female who became stuck while scrambling on the the first Flatiron. The woman was not injured and eventually assisted back down to safety by Rocky Mountain Rescue Group members.
At about 1800 hours, a 16 year old female rock climber requested assistance in getting down off the first Flatiron as she fell while climbing the “Fandango” route and sustained a lower leg injury. Rocky Mountain Rescue responded and assisted the climber to safety.
At around the same time, another rescue was reported on the Green Ridge Trail off of Flagstaff Drive. A 52 year old male injured his leg and required assistance and advanced medical care. Rocky Mountain Rescue Group members responded and used a litter to carry the man to safety.
Although the Flatirons appear to be a low complexity climb, caution should be considered when climbing the higher sections of the iconic formations. The rock is typically slick, the slopes steep, and the climb quickly becomes treacherous without proper equipment and climbing knowledge.
University of Colorado student missing; Boulder police ask for public assistance
Search efforts are underway west of Boulder for a 19-year-old University of Colorado student who has been missing since June 17, 2012.
Police found Nicholas Marc Valore’s vehicle parked at the NCAR parking lot last night, after they were notified that Valore might be missing. There are no signs of foul play.
A classmate of Valore’s contacted University of Colorado police late yesterday afternoon to report that he hadn’t seen Valore in classes this week. He was concerned because it was unlike Valore to miss class. CU police were able to locate Valore’s 2004 blue Audi TT Roadster at NCAR, a favorite hiking area of Valore’s. Because NCAR is in the city’s jurisdiction, CU police contacted Boulder police, who are conducting the investigation.
Police contacted Valore’s roommate and Valore’s family members, and no one has heard from him since Father’s Day.
Valore is an avid hiker, and usually wears cargo shorts, a T-shirt and a bright-colored hoodie while hiking. He also carries a black, JanSport backpack. Police have searched Valore’s residence, and it appears that he took some of his hiking gear with him. The hiking gear and clothing was not found in the car.
Search and rescue teams have been looking in the foothills west of NCAR for any sign of Valore. He has been known to hike in the “bouldering” area west of NCAR, and also likes an area known as Mallory Cave. The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office is coordinating the search effort with assistance from Rocky Mountain Rescue, Boulder Open Space & Mountain Parks rangers and Front Range Rescue Dogs.
A photo of Nicholas Valore is attached. Police are asking anyone who may have seen Valore hiking near NCAR or who may have been in contact with him to call police Dispatch at 303.441.3333.
A male climber believed to be in his early twenties was airlifted to a Denver hospital today after falling approximately 65-feet off a rock formation he was climbing.
The victim was “scrambling” alone on Red Rocks, a formation near the Mount Sanitas Trail and Settler’s Park in Boulder. Scrambling is a cross between hiking and climbing, mostly without ropes.
The man fell at approximately 11:42 a.m., when nearby hikers heard him yelling for help and called 9-1-1. The Boulder Fire Department, AMR Ambulance, Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks rangers, the Boulder Sheriff’s Department and members of Rocky Mountain Rescue responded.
The victim was airlifted to St. Anthony’s Central Hospital in Denver. It’s believed that the man suffered severe head trauma and other injuries, but further details are not available at this time. The victim’s boots were untied, and one was found partway up the rocks.
The victim’s identity is not available.