Ice climber hurt in East Vail fall |

Ice climber hurt in East Vail fall

Special to the DailyEmergency responders rescued a 31-year-old man who had fallen 50 to 70 feet Saturday in East Vail, Colorado

VAIL, Colorado ” A 31-year-old ice climber was rescued Saturday after he fell 50 to 70 feet near East Vail, Colorado.

Christopher Boratenski of Evergreen was climbing an ice formation known as the Designator, near Aspen Lane, with two companions when he plunged in a free fall onto “pretty flat” ground, said Vail Fire Department Engineer Al Bosworth.

“If someone fell out of five to seven story building, that would give you a good idea (of the height),” Bosworth said.

The incident was reported at about 11:30 a.m., and Vail Fire Department and Eagle County Ambulance District personnel reached the man at 12:10 p.m.

Emergency responders, including Vail Mountain Rescue Group personnel, used two 600-foot ropes to lower Boratenski down the steep slope. He was then pulled by snowmobile and transported at 2:41 p.m. nto a waiting ambulance, which brought him to the Vail Valley Medical Center.

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Bosworth said the man’s injuries were serious, but he was conscious. Denise Triba, a spokeswoman for the Vail Valley Medical Center, said the man remains at the hospital and is in stable condition.

The ice formations along the steep slope between the East Vail interchange and the golf course south of the interstate are popular with ice climbers.

Staff Writer Edward Stoner can be reached at 970-748-2929 or

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