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Eldorado Canyon Climbers Hit By Lightning, 1 Dies

June 26, 1988 GMT

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) _ A 25-year-old man was killed by lightning, and another climber was injured as they scaled a dangerous route in Eldorado Canyon State Park called the Naked Edge, authorities said.

The 21-year-old survivor, who suffered burns and an ankle injury, was in stable condition at Boulder Community Hospital on Saturday night, according to a statement by the Boulder County Sheriff’s Department.

Both climbers had to be lowered off the rock face by members of the Rocky Mountain Rescue Group, who had to work their way up the back side of the canyon wall to reach them.

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The identities and addresses of the climbers were not released pending notification of relatives.

″One climber had just reached (the top of the face), but hadn’t quite gotten over it,″ said Alice Daubenbis, who lives in the canyon. ″Then I heard the lightning, it hit on the Naked Edge.″

One man was at least 550 feet from the bottom of the canyon, and it took rescue workers about an hour to reach the climbers, Daubenbis said.

The Naked Edge has ″some of the most dangerous, hard climbing in the world,″ she said.