Naked Woman Climber High on Mushrooms Rescued Off Third Flatiron
This past Sunday, May 19, 21-year-old Taylor Powers, a student at the University of Colorado, was rescued off the Third Flatiron in Boulder Mountain Park above the city of Boulder, Colorado. Ms. Powers was climbing the Third with her roommates while under the influence of magic mushrooms. The usual route up the Third Flatiron is the classic East Face, an easy 5.4 route that Patagonia guru Yvon Chouinard once called “the best beginner climb in the universe.”
The roommates, using good sense, called 911 after Ms. Powers took off all of her clothes and continued climbing. They restrained her until rescuers from the Boulder County Sheriff’s Department and park rangers arrived about 5:30 p.m. The rangers were forced to handcuff her and then took an hour to get her down to a nearby shelter below the Third Flatiron. At 7:50 p.m. she was taken to Boulder Community Hospital where she was treated and released. The police ticketed her with the unlawful consumption of a controlled substance.
While none of the reports I read indicated what kind of mushrooms Taylor Powers had ingested, they were in all likelihood psilocybin mushrooms — a hallucinogenic drug that causes visions and erratic behavior.
This is not the first time that a “climber” has had to be rescued from the Flatirons after eating mushrooms. Back in November, 2011, a Missouri man was evacuated from the First Flatiron after his climbing partner reported that he was “not acting right.” During that incident, the man bit one of his rescuers. Read more at High Half-Naked Climber Rescued in Colorado.