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Climber on rescue from Boulder Flatirons with cat: “She was 100% calm”


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Cat and two climbers rescued from First Flatiron. (Courtesy of Rocky Mountain Rescue Group)
Cat and two climbers rescued from First Flatiron. (Courtesy of Rocky Mountain Rescue Group)

A few months in the past, Austin Wolff noticed somebody free soloing the Second Flatiron with their cat and thought, “That would be kind of cool.”

So on Thursday night time, the day earlier than Wolff left Colorado for his home state of Texas, he invited a buddy to hitch him and his 2-year-old cat Link on an journey up one in all Boulder’s hottest climbing spots.

“I was getting ready to leave Colorado and I’m like, ‘I kinda need to do this prior to leaving,’” Wolff, 30, stated. “So the day before I was like, ‘Let’s go climb the First Flatiron.’ So Wednesday, I was like ‘I gotta do it, I’ve got one last opportunity to be up here.’”

Wolff, Link and buddy Susan Katz started the climb round 3 p.m. Thursday. Despite the climb being straightforward for Wolff, building anchors took longer than hoped and by the point they reached their closing pitch, Wolff stated it was too darkish to go any farther.

Debating between sticking it out for the night time or calling for assist, Wolff stated he swallowed his satisfaction and known as within the Rocky Mountain Rescue Group, which arrived simply after midnight to 2 chilly climbers and a sleeping cat.

“I wish other people could see her up there,” Wolff stated of Link. “She was snoring. She took a nap and was snoring. While we were all teeth-chattering, she was hanging out, sleeping. She was 100% calm. She was probably calmer than all of us.”

In an e mail, Rocky Mountain Rescue Group officers stated they had been glad the rescue had a cheerful consequence for each the people and the cat.

“We were happy to assist the climbers and their cat off the cliff and to the ground safely,” Rocky Mountain Rescue Group spokesperson Angela Tomczik wrote. “We commend them for calling for help when they did. We want everyone to know that we are available 24/7 and never charge for rescue. Rocky Mountain Rescue Group is an all-volunteer team and are always happy to help our community.”

The information of the rescue led to backlash from Boulderites on social media, with a number of voicing considerations for Link’s security, however Wolff assured that he would by no means put Link in hurt’s method.

Austin Wolff and Link Wolff. (Courtesy of Austin Wolff)
Austin Wolff and Link Wolff. (Courtesy of Austin Wolff)

“Safety is my first and foremost priority, both with her, myself and anyone I’m climbing with, so getting down the mountain safely is my biggest thing,” Wolff stated. “If there’s a reason I’ve got to call someone for extra help for whatever reason I’ll suck it up and my pride can take a hit but us getting down the mountain safely at the end of the day is my biggest concern.”

When climbing, Link nestles right into a breathable backpack and hooks into Wolff. Wolff stated he steadily lets Link out of the box-shaped bag on adventures to permit her to discover close by wildlife.

Wolff stated he all the time had his thoughts set on adopting an journey cat, regardless of rising up with dogs and by no means beforehand proudly owning a cat. In preparation, Wolff learn “Adventure Cats: Living Nine Lives To The Fullest,” and researched what character kinds of cats are finest for adventuring with. When a buddy of a buddy discovered Link exterior a Texas development web site, Wolff stated he instantly knew Link was the one.

“I drove out and saw her and she was just the most perfect cat,” Wolff stated. “Like super, super friendly, super curious, was always looking out the window like she wanted to be outside. I went in not expecting to adopt that day and I left with the cat. She’s been perfect.”

Austin Wolff and Link Wolff. (Courtesy of Austin Wolff)
Austin Wolff and Link Wolff. (Courtesy of Austin Wolff)

Wolff stated Link’s identify initially comes from climbing tools known as “quick links,” however additionally it is symbolic of how rapidly the 2 bonded or “linked up.”

Over the previous two years, Wolff stated the pair have bonded on a “deep level” and have traveled to eight nationwide parks collectively. Wolff hopes the pair will go to all 63.

“It’s been really fun taking her out,” Wolff stated. “It’s our, my, quest to go to every national park together.”

The two are presently laying low in the interim in Austin, Texas, however Wolff plans to go to nationwide parks in Arizona and Utah subsequent.

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