Thinking about safety after rock climber injured at Palisades
A 19 year-old man is recovering tonight after he fell several feet down a rock wall.
It happened at the Palisades State Park near Garretson, SD, around noon, Tuesday.
Garretson authorities responded to the incident and while they aren't releasing a lot of information, they say his injuries were non life-threatening.
We also learned the man was not wearing any safety gear during his attempted climb.
"We have experienced climbers. Everyone is safety conscious out there. There are some who come out, maybe they don't intend on climbing, don't have gear and they climb without ropes sometimes," Travis Theilen said.
And that can be extremely dangerous, and something we don't often think about.
Casey Busch was at the park with his family. While he doesn't have a lot of climbing experience, he does know one thing.
"I wouldn't feel safe climbing unless I had the right gear on," Casey Busch said.
Busch was surprised someone would get hurt climbing the rocks. While he didn't know exactly what happened, he said safety is common sense.
"That's something I definitely think about if you're going to be out here with these jagged rocks. Beautiful place to be, as long as you're taking it safe," Busch said.
The park's supervisor says climbers who don't take necessary precautions put themselves in danger and often times can make the sport itself look worse.
"Doing it the correct way, the safe and recommended way puts everyone in a good light," Theilen said.
"This person learned something today. Hope they're OK and walked away but that they see it correctly and do it the way that's recommended," Travis Theilen said.