Rock Climber Injured After Fall

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Update by edhat staff
6:30 p.m., February 24, 2019

A rock climber was injured after falling 10 to 15 feet off the Cold Springs Trail on Sunday afternoon.

At 4:00 p.m., Santa Barbara County firefighters responded with Santa Barbara City and Montecito Fire Departments, AMR ground ambulance, and Sheriff's Search and Rescue Teams to the area west of the fork off Cold Springs Trail at the popular climbing rock. 

A 30-year-old male fell approximately 10 to 15 feet while climbing with a rope and landed on a ledge halfway down the cliff. Rescue units were unable to reach him by ground and called in a rescue helicopter to perform a hoist rescue, said County Fire Captain Dave Zaniboni.

The man was complaining of moderate to major injuries and was transported via helicopter to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.

Reported by Roger the Scanner Guy
3:40 p.m., February 24, 2019

West Fork of Cold Springs Trail 2800 Block of Gilbraltar.

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Luvaduck Feb 25, 2019 11:06 AM
Rock Climber Injured After Fall

Safety is an illusion. There's only more or less risk and we only have a hand in something like 30% of it. The rest is everything from the world situation and your own little part of it, to circumstance to sheer dumb luck. Who can't thing of something they did that could have ended in tragedy or something they had no part in that gave them a tremendous benefit?

Davy Brown Feb 25, 2019 10:23 AM
Rock Climber Injured After Fall

agree with EastBeach about the wonderful numbers of hikers out there; on Saturday I counted over 40 cars at Rattlesnake Cyn...someone was hurt on slippery Romero Trail very recently, now this. I guess folks are just so keen to get out there they resist common sense: it's still quite slippery in places. Glad everyone is out there on our glorious trails!

EastBeach Feb 25, 2019 09:55 AM
Rock Climber Injured After Fall

Lots of people out enjoying the outdoors yesterday. I haven't seen Rattlesnake Canyon so busy in awhile. Everything from little kids to seniors and tons of dogs (we saw lots of Labradoodles). Any one of them could have gotten hurt and needed help. Thank goodness we have the Fire Dept and SAR.

a-1582611787 Feb 24, 2019 07:24 PM
Rock Climber Injured After Fall

They don't--they just choose to. That's the sick, bare bones reality of this thing we live in called 'civilization'. Human decency is all but a byword now.

a-1582611787 Feb 24, 2019 04:56 PM
Rock Climber Injured After Fall

Ooh, baby baby, it's a wild world. Don't understand why people can't wait until the trails are passable. I guess even then they're going to hurt themselves. Good thing SAR is always at the ready.

Roger Feb 24, 2019 03:42 PM
Rock Climber Injured After Fall

Search and Rescue, Montecito, and Santa Barbara City Fire Department responding, AMR...

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