Lady falls to dying at indoor climbing gymnasium in Colorado

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Police said a woman fell about 12 meters to her death in a climbing gym in northern Colorado

June 16, 2021, 10:57 pm

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FORT COLLINS, Colorado – Police say a woman fell approximately 12 meters to her death in a climbing gym in northern Colorado.

Fort Collins police spokesman Brandon Barnes told The Coloradoan the woman fell at Ascent Studio Climbing & Fitness on Saturday and it appears that she broke off the automatic security system. The investigators found no defective devices.

Larimer County’s Forensic Medicine has not released the climber’s name.

The Fort Collins indoor climbing center released a statement Tuesday calling the fall a “tragic event” and expressing its condolences for the climber’s friends and family. It also states that the automatic belay systems that keep climbers from falling will not be used, at least until a full investigation is complete.

The Coloradoan reports that fatal indoor climbing accidents are extremely rare, with only a handful in the United States in the past decade. In 2014, a man died while climbing in the gym at the Boulder Rock Club.