Emergency crews rescued three climbers on a climbing route on Boulder's third Flatiron and three more climbers on the Redgarden Wall in Eldorado Canyon State Park.
At about 6 p.m., a climber near the Redgarden Wall at Eldorado Canyon State Park called in to report hearing a male yell “help,” followed by a request to call for a rescue.
The Rocky Mountain Fire Department, Rocky Mountain Rescue Group, Boulder Emergency Squad and the Boulder County Sheriff's Office responded. Rocky Mountain Rescue determined that the three climbers were stranded on the fifth pitch of the Yellow Spur climb, located just above the Redgarden Wall.
Twelve rescuers climbed to the top of Redgarden Wall and helped the stranded trio use ropes to climb to the top of the rock formation before helping them down, according to the sheriff's office.
The men, all from Colorado Springs and in their early 20s, told rescuers that, as they neared the top of their climb, they stopped to wait for a slower group above them. As they waited, it became dark and started raining — and they didn't have flashlights or headlamps. None of the three were injured.
In the second rescue, a report of climbers stranded while climbing the “standard direct” on the third Flatiron came in at about 7:30 p.m.
The climbers had gotten their climbing rope stuck while attempting to rappel off the climb, stranding them 200 feet above the ground, according to the sheriff's office. Cold and wet weather also began to settle in the area, and the climbers — two men and one woman — were unprepared for the conditions.
Rocky Mountain Rescue Group, AMR Ambulance Service, City of Boulder Open Space Rangers, the Boulder Fire Department and the sheriff's office helped with the rescue. The three climbers eventually were returned to safety late Saturday night and treated for minor hypothermia.