Monday, November 15, 2004


Went into Drywood on Saturday, Nov. 13 with Trevor to climb "Obliteration". Near the top of the rock bands on the approach to the ice a rock Trevor was pulling on broke and sent him tumbling backwards down over the rock bands for about a 100'. Unbeleivably, he managed to stop himself on a small scree slope just above the next set of rock bands. When i finally got down to him he was starting to move. He was conscious and reasonably aware of what was going on. After a quick assesment we both surmised that nothing was broken. When i finally got him down to a safe ledge i set up an anchor to lower him the rest of the way. Fortunately Chris showed up about then to give me a hand lowering him down the rest of the way. It took about 3 hours but we finally got him out to safety. So the end result was a badly sprained ankle, lots and lots of gravel rash, cuts, bruises, a sore nose and a very sore body. The only thing that saved him from really serious injury was the 25 pound pack on his back and the helmut on his head. I can hardly wait to hear from the next stud that tries to justify to me why he doesn't wear a helmut.
Thanks to Chris, Rona and Dave and the two unknown hunters who assisted us.


At 11/16/2004 11:05:00 AM , Blogger chris g said...

Thanks for the post Blair. I am going to start playing around with user comments. I am going to try and get a recent comments hack put in. The only downside is that comments are likely to be lost after a year. To put in a link use
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At 12/08/2004 10:59:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

We had a close call a few years back in the same area, Charlie Harrison took a spill on the way down from obiteration. If some one has a hilti I have an excess of bolts and hangers and would gladly contribute to some rap stations for decent and maybe some bolts on the way up.

Posted by chris morris

At 12/08/2004 12:14:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am having trouble seeing comments on my browser (safari and firefox), so I will ahve to test things out to see if others are also having troubles.

Chris Morris

That sounds a bit scary too. Personally I don't think it is a very bad approach. However, accidents do tend to happen on the ground people spend the most time on. A few years ago a couple of friends had a fall factor 2 spill on Obliteration (or whatever the upadated guide calls it). They ripped quite a bit of the stiching on their harnesses off. 

Posted by chris goble


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