Ice climber falls 100 feet in East Vail |

Ice climber falls 100 feet in East Vail

Lauren Glendenning
Vail, CO Colorado

Dominique Taylor/Vail DailyEmergency personal and rescue staff move an injured icec limber from a sled on the back of a snowmobile to a waiting ambulance in Vail after a piece of the Fang ice waterfall broke off while he was climbing

VAIL, Colorado – A 34-year-old man from Alma, Colo., fell about 100 feet Tuesday afternoon while ice-climbing The Fang, an ice formation in East Vail.

Crews from the Vail Fire Department, Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, Vail Mountain Rescue and the Eagle County Ambulance District helped rescue the man. It took crews about 45 minutes to snowmobile and hike into the area where the victim had fallen.

The Fang is part of the popular ice-climbing area known as The Amphitheater, but The Fang formation doesn’t form every year.

Information is not yet available about the man’s injuries or his condition. Doug Krause, of the Ambulance District, said the ice did not crush the man, but “he is hurt.”

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