A man in his 20s was airlifted to the hospital Wednesday evening after falling while free climbing at Hubbard Park in Meriden, according to the fire department.
Fire officials said the free climber was scaling the Castle Craig area around 7 p.m. when he fell 20 to 30 feet. Two hikers coming up the trail saw him fell and called 911.
The man fell in a rocky area and was briefly unconscious, then confused when he woke up, according to the fire department. Officials said he complained of chest and leg pain.
Rescuers used a rope system to bring him up the side of the mountain. It took about an hour to pull him up and load him into a waiting LifeStar helicopter, fire officials said.
The climber was airlifted to Hartford Hospital for treatment. His condition is unknown.
Fire officials are reminding residents of the dangers of hiking and climbing alone in a remote area.