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First responders spent eight hours Sunday night rescuing two stranded climbers from the top of Redgarden Wall.

At 8:20 p.m. two climbers called the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office to say they were stuck in the dark on top of the rock wall in Eldorado Canyon State Park, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.

The two people had started climbing the Anthill Direct route at approximately 2:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon. They reached the top of the climb near dusk. The climbers were without headlamps and were not familiar with the descent route, the release said. After they spent time looking for a way down, they decided to call law enforcement for aid.

Members of the Rocky Mountain Rescue Group ascended the East Slabs and located the two climbers near the top, the release said. RMRG provided them with warm clothing and headlamps and then assisted the climbers down the East Slabs to the trailhead. Due to snow and icy conditions on the East Slab, the rescue took eight hours, according to the release.

With the spring and summer months ahead, officials with the sheriff’s office reminded outdoor enthusiasts to plan their activities properly and make sure they have the proper equipment and experience during outdoor excursions, the release said.

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