Climbers rescued in dark from first Flatiron

Chautauqua Park in Boulder.

Chautauqua Park in Boulder.

BOULDER, Colo. — Two climbers had to be rescued from the first Flatiron on Tuesday night after they became stranded at sunset.

Deputes from the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, a Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks ranger and members of the Rocky Mountain Rescue Group arrived at Chautauqua Park after 8 p.m. to help rescue Kurtis Anderson, 24, of Castle Rock and Konstyantyn Halonkin, 25, of Aurora.

The pair called for help when they couldn’t find a rappelling anchor in the dark for their descent.

“Although Anderson and Halonkin were experienced climbers and properly equipped with the necessary equipment for their climb, including cellphones, headlamps, and some cold weather gear, they did not have a proper route map for the area they were climbing,” the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

Members of the Rocky Mountain Rescue Group reached the pair at 10:22 p.m. and helped them rappel down on their own.