The Team was called out on January 21, 2009 for an injured ice climber who fell almost 30m while climbing in the “lead only” area of the Ouray Ice Park. The climber fell while on lead and suffered a severe ankle leg fracture. Amazingly, and despite a fall of this length, the climber did not hit the ground, and suffered no other injuries.
Response to the call was quite rapid as a few OMRT members were climbing nearby. In addition, three more OMRT members who happened to be teaching a Rigging for Rescue class nearby, were also able to respond almost immediately. OMRT members had the patient packaged in a few minutes and ready for a full vertical raise to the upper bridge of the Ice Park.