Ice climber falls 100 feet in East Vail
January 12, 2010
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.”