Nicolas Brinkman said on 6/22/2016: I would like to take a moment to acknowledge Wolfgang Schweiger today, June 22 2016. Today marks the 12th anniversary of the day that my life, my mother and sister's lives, and my father's life changed forever. It has taken me nearly this many years to fully understand exactly how much my father's body and brain had to overcome in order to make the miraculous recovery that he made. I was 9 years old at the time of his accident and all that I understood was that he was severely injured and slowly recovering. I now realize that I likely would not have a father today without the world class doctors at St. Anthony hospital and Craig rehab facility, the amazing support from friends and family, the countless hours of care and effort my mother devoted to my sister and I and his recovery, and most importantly my father's incredible determination to heal. I am immeasurably grateful to still have him in my life and I would like to extend that gratitude to everyone who played a part in his recovery. Dad, you're one tough son of a bitch. I've learned so much from you and I wouldn't be who I am today if things had gone differently in 2004. You're the only 12 year old I know who has that much body hair. I love you. ----- My understanding is he was not wearing a helmet. - Tom ----- Wolfgang Schweiger hurt in Boulder Canyon Submitted By: Malcolm Daly on Jun 29, 2004 Add Comment The Daily Camera Story, and updates: I have good news about Wolf today. Heidi (Wolf's wife, for those unaware) called last night and left us an encouraging message. She said Wolf was awake a lot yesterday. He actually stood with some help and sat in a chair. He looked at her and smiled and recognized a few more people, and did everything the doctors asked. Though he didn't talk at all yesterday, he has previously......different parts are resting and healing at different paces. The outlook sounds very positive, and we are all amazed to hear this kind of report so early in his recovery. With Wolf's condition steadily improving, we feel it's an appropriate time to provide additional assistance to the family. We have researched a few options that we feel may be helpful, but will speak directly with Heidi this morning to confirm her and her family's needs. We still encourage people NOT to visit Wolf yet, as he needs incredible amounts of rest for his recovery to continue. However, Heidi wanted to express, once again, her appreciation for everyone's support and concern. ---------------------- Wolf continues to improve but at the same time, is experiencing some setbacks. They discovered Wolf's left wrist is dislocated / broken and may require surgery. Apparently, Wolf has had considerable swelling throughout his body, including both wrists, and the injury wasn't discovered until this weekend. His swelling, however, has now started to dissipate and his other injuries continue to heal well. The accumulation of fluid in his lungs has led to a mild case of pneumonia which they are treating with antibiotics. Wolf has, at times, been responsive to voice commands, having squeezed a hand when requested, and has even opened his eyes to recognize a few people. He has even responded verbally from time to time. Wolf continues to drift in and out of responsiveness, but again, that is expected and shows positive signs of the slow comeback expected with type of injury. Doctors assure us that he is experiencing a very positive recovery for this stage in the game. As a reminder to everyone, Wolf's recovery will be a slow and lengthy process. He is still not ready to receive any visitors. What he needs most right now is rest and your positive thoughts and prayers. As more news becomes available, and as we determine the best ways to help him and his family, I will share that information. -------------------------- Longtime climber hurt in fall at Boulder Falls Helicopter landing on Colo. 119 delays traffic for rescue By Amy Hebert, Camera Staff Writer June 23, 2004 A longtime Boulder climber suffered serious head injuries Tuesday when he fell about 25 feet because his partner accidentally released their rope, rescuers said. Wolfgang Schweiger, 45, was conscious but unresponsive when rescuers reached him about 300 feet above Boulder Falls off Colo. 119, said Dave Booton, Boulder County emergency services coordinator. The accident happened about 4 p.m. as Schweiger was belaying back down after ascending an unknown route, Booton said. Without realizing the rope was too short, Schweiger's partner, whose name was not released, fed the whole length through his belaying device, Booton said. "As he's lowering him down, the rope just pulled through his belay plate, and the guy just fell 25 feet," Booton said. "This happens more than it should." Schweiger was airlifted to St. Anthony Central Hospital in Denver after a complicated two-hour rescue effort that involved moving him over the falls on a stretcher suspended from a makeshift zip-line. His condition was not available late Tuesday. The helicopter landed on the highway, bringing commuters between Boulder and Nederland to a standstill between about 5:30 and 6 p.m. Erik Su, who was climbing nearby, said he looked up and saw Schweiger fall and expected to see the rope stop his descent. "Then I saw him bounce on the ground," Su said. Schweiger is a seasoned climber who's well known in Boulder's climbing circles, said Gary Neptune, owner of Neptune Mountaineering. Neptune said Schweiger is a sales representative for Petzl, a company that makes climbing gear, and 5.10 climbing shoes. "He's just a really good climber, but very low-key about it all," Neptune said. "You couldn't have a nicer guy or a more honest business associate." Neptune said sport climbing, which is "highly controlled" with pre-placed anchors and planned routes, can be deceptive because people sometimes take their safety for granted. "It's possible that because of the generally safe manner of what they were doing, they let their guard down a little bit," he said.