Snowfield accident, tattoos and berries - videos and pix
Participants: Roger J. Wendell (aka ZeekZilch), Aidan and Will Timing: About 2:45 from Willow Lake to Challenger Point and then another hour to Kit Carson Photos and Videos: All by ZeekZilch except the first photo on top Kit Carson - that was taken by some other summiteer
Aidan, Will and ZeekZilch on top Kit Carson
While we were hiking up to Willow Lake a group was coming down having just rescued one of their own on Kit Carson. A guy, in his 20s, attempted to cross the snowfield to gather up his mates who had fallen a bit behind. He had no crampons or ice axe so used a stone to help knock steps across the snow. He made it across, okay, but had to return because his sister was having difficulty. That's when he slipped and fell - seriously scraping up his arms and legs. There were no broken bones or internal injuries that he was aware of but he did say he came close to losing his life. I asked him to create a trip report as accidents can be a great learning tool for the rest of us. I haven't seen his posting yet so I'm making this entry to benefit everyone who is interested in climbing safety - not to embarrass him! I was going to photograph him as his hand and arm were completely covered in bandages and his bare legs seriously bloodied. But, I thought better of it and allowed him to maintain his privacy. However, further up we ran into the climbing party that helped bandage him and they confirmed the report having witnessed, firsthand, this guy careening down the snowfield out-of-control. Beware!!
Yosemite98 added this information immediately after my posting:
Hey Roger, I was up there helping with the guy (Rob) who hurtled down the snow field and got really lucky (Thanks to the group from Texas, fellow Texas A&M grads, for bandaging Rob up. There was also a RN that helped out especially on his torn up hands). Anyway, FYI, the snow field in the pictures isn't the one he got hurt on, he actually fell down the snow field just to the left as you go up the normal Challenger route (class 2+ scree crap). He and his sister started coming down Challenger too early, before the notch, and that's how they ended up having to cross over.
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