Rock Climbers Rescued in Castlewood State Park

Michael Calhoun
May 24, 2018 - 8:43 pm

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VALLEY PARK (KMOX) -- Firefighters are in the process of a "high angle rescue" rescue inside west county's Castlewood State Park.

Metro West Fire Protection District public information officer Michael Thiemann says the two people who were freeclimbing on a rock sheer are "in a position where they're somewhat safe but they just can't go either direction."

"They were ascending an area which has a lot of loose gravel and as they were climbing they decided it was an unsafe situation, so they tried to descend," he says. 

He says firefighters are using rappelling equipment to anchor themselves at the top of the bluff and lower themselves down to the standed climbers, where they'll hook onto each of them and either go back up or lower down to the ground.

Nobody is reported to be hurt.

Thiemann says while the two were "freeclimbing," you can't climb with equipment in Castlewood either.

"The answer is don't free climb and don't use equipment in this environment because it's not designed to do so and it's not safe to do so," Thiemann says. He suggests sticking to the hiking trails.

via Metro West Fire Protection District

via Metro West Fire Protection District

via Metro West Fire Protection District