Two climbers injured in 60-foot fall in Pitkin County

Two climbers suffered severe injuries in a fall at the Weller Slab climbing area in Pitkin County.

About 9:15 p.m. Friday the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office received a call about a woman yelling for help near the Weller Campground in the White River National Forest, according to a news release. The campground is on Independence Pass.

A deputy responded and determined that two climbers had fallen about 60 feet and both were severely injured.

Members of Mountain Rescue Aspen and West Elk Mountain Rescue were sent to the scene, along with Aspen Ambulance medics, to attend to the injured climbers.

About 11:20 p.m. rescue team members and medics contacted the pair, and Flight for Life Colorado was called to transport one of the two climbers. The second climber was taken from the area by ambulance to a hospital.

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