PFA rescues hiker near Horsetooth Reservoir

Haley Candelario

Poudre Fire Authority utilized a high-angle system with ropes and a rescue basket to rescue a hiker who fell while climbing near Horsetooth Reservoir.
Poudre Fire Authority utilized a high-angle system with ropes and a rescue basket to rescue a hiker who fell while climbing on Sept. 12. (Photo courtesy of Poudre Fire Authority)

Responders from Poudre Fire Authority rescued a man near Horestooth Reservoir yesterday evening.

The man reportedly fell while climbing at Duncan’s Ridge near Horsetooth Reservoir, according to a post on PFA’s official Facebook page. 

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Crews responded to a report at 4:55 p.m. that a man in his twenties fell 40 feet while climbing Duncan’s Ridge. UCHealth Life Line’s air ambulance saw the man and verified his location. PFA’s crew hiked in and found the hiker at 5:15 p.m.

According to PFA’s Facebook post, the man was transported to an area hospital with significant injuries after rescuers utilized a high-angle system with ropes and a rescue basket. 

PFA’s Engine 4 crew were able to efficiently carry the hiker out of Duncan’s Ridge because of prior training for this type of emergency call.

“Our crews train yearround (sic) for myriad call types, from medical emergencies to fires and rescues such as this,” PFA’s Public Information and Communications Officer Madeline Noblett wrote in an email to the Collegian. “In this instance, firefighters from Station 4, whose response area includes Horsetooth, had trained previously to identify the most efficient ways to carry a patient out of the Duncan’s Ridge climbing area.”

The hiker’s identity has not been released for privacy reasons. 

Collegian news director Haley Candelario can be reached at hcandelario@collegian.com or on Twitter @H_Candelario98.