Capitol Peak Accident 7/19/2013

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Re: Capitol Peak Accident 7/19/2013

Postby Hungry Jack » Sun Jul 21, 2013 6:59 pm

Hate these stories. It's a sure sign of hiking season that I could live without.
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Re: Capitol Peak Accident 7/19/2013

Postby IkeB » Sun Jul 21, 2013 7:24 pm

Sad news.
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Re: Capitol Peak Accident 7/19/2013

Postby Alpinista » Sun Jul 21, 2013 7:35 pm

Alpinista's first law of mountaineering: "shortcuts rarely are."

RIP to the unfortunate hiker and condolences to friends and family.
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Re: Capitol Peak Accident 7/19/2013

Postby Johnson » Sun Jul 21, 2013 7:41 pm

Very sad to read this. My condolences to his family and friends.
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Re: Capitol Peak Accident 7/19/2013

Postby Honeybush » Sun Jul 21, 2013 8:23 pm

Being a novice climber, what is the protocol when hiking in groups in regards to letting one of your team venture off alone?

Sorry to hear of his tragic death.
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Re: Capitol Peak Accident 7/19/2013

Postby unclegar » Sun Jul 21, 2013 8:39 pm

Very sorry to hear of this accident. My condolences to his family and friends. Those Mountain Rescue Aspen folks sure have a tough job living in that area. (and they do a great job) Thanks again!
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Re: Capitol Peak Accident 7/19/2013

Postby ameristrat » Sun Jul 21, 2013 9:03 pm

It's been a tough year. Praying for the family and friends of Mr. Palmer - May God give you peace and healing as you grieve.
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Re: Capitol Peak Accident 7/19/2013

Postby toekramp » Sun Jul 21, 2013 9:03 pm

Alpinista wrote:Alpinista's first law of mountaineering: "shortcuts rarely are."

RIP to the unfortunate hiker and condolences to friends and family.



Terrible to hear this news. Heart goes out to the community around him.
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Re: Capitol Peak Accident 7/19/2013

Postby smrcka » Sun Jul 21, 2013 9:20 pm

Very sad news...RIP Ryan. Eerie that while climbing today my partner and I talked about the N Face of Capitol and how difficult it is. Condolences to family and friends.
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Re: Capitol Peak Accident 7/19/2013

Postby fevercity » Sun Jul 21, 2013 10:14 pm

Tragic season indeed.
RIP, Ryan.
Condolences to the friends & family.
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Re: Capitol Peak Accident 7/19/2013

Postby shearmodulus » Mon Jul 22, 2013 5:43 am

Honeybush wrote:Being a novice climber, what is the protocol when hiking in groups in regards to letting one of your team venture off alone?

Sorry to hear of his tragic death.


First rule of safety - the only person that is ultimately responsible for your safety is YOU.

First rule of hiking/climbing in groups - stay together and defer to the weakest climber/hiker.

Unfortunately, the scenario described is not uncommon, namely "We decided to split up because [reason x] and never saw him/her again."

I climb solo in the winter all the time, but to prevent the same outcome, I am extremely risk adverse for route-selection, weather conditions and other objective hazards. I also keep to a rigid timeline so as to prevent an unnecessarily long delay in rescue operations should I go overdue, several people know my detailed itinerary and I carry a SPOT to check in with.

Bottom line is that you can never be too careful, but being in a group mitigates some of the hazards (and creates some of its own with groupthink, ego, pride, etc).
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Re: Capitol Peak Accident 7/19/2013

Postby djkest » Mon Jul 22, 2013 7:35 am

Rest in Peace, Ryan. I'm hoping my mom doesn't see this. She's already giving me a hard time about wanting to do Capitol Peak.
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