'The Spy' rock formation is a small fun that sits under the northeast corner of the First Flatiron. Photo Credit: beklaus (iStock).

'The Spy' rock formation is a small fun that sits under the northeast corner of the First Flatiron. Photo Credit: beklaus (iStock).

On the morning of June 27, Boulder County Communications Center received a report of a 47-year-old female climber who had gotten off route while free solo climbing, ending up on a totally different rock formation.

The woman had been attempting to free solo a formation called 'the Spy,' which is located under the northeast corner of the First Flatiron. While established routes on this formation range from beginner to intermediate, according to Mountain Project, the ropeless nature of the woman's climbing would have increased the level of risk immensely.

After getting off route, the woman reached a secure location, but was unable to ascend or descend safely, requiring rescue. Other climbers in the area spotted the woman and after confirming she was secure and not injured, they called for help.

Rangers from the City of Boulder Open Space Mountain Parks and rescuers from Rocky Mountain Rescue Group arrived at the scene to help the woman, finding her located on the First Flatiron, which is next to 'The Spy' formation. Rescuers rappelled down to the woman, secured her, and then lowered her to the ground. She was uninjured.

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