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Close call on Whitney Main Trail

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Close call on Whitney Main Trail

Postby nyker » Sun Apr 07, 2013 8:13 pm

Saw this post, thought I'd share it here in case anyone is planning on headed up the Main Trail on Mount Whitney in the near future: be careful out there.

http://www.whitneyportalstore.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=94576

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Re: Close call on Whitney Main Trail

Postby screeman57 » Sun Apr 07, 2013 8:38 pm

Glad he's okay.

Yet another cautionary tale of glissading-gone-wrong (facepalm).
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Re: Close call on Whitney Main Trail

Postby zdero1 » Mon Apr 08, 2013 7:36 pm

500' cartwheeling glissade, huh? Amazing he is not dead.

Also another note about glissading: Make sure you have a way of preventing your pants from riding up on your legs. During our 1600' glissade of Mt. Adams (WA), my buddy's pant leg went up to his knees because he wasn't wearing gaitors and suffered 2nd degree burns which required hospitalization.

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Re: Close call on Whitney Main Trail

Postby TallGrass » Tue Apr 09, 2013 3:36 am

zdero1 wrote:Make sure you have a way of preventing your pants from riding up on your legs.
Buy a couple feet of 2" wide "sewing" velcro (does not have sticky tape backing). You can peel it apart, offset the end overlap like ___===--- (ends misaligned in photo for contrast), and instant velcro cinch strap. Cut it into shorter sections if needed (singe ends with lighter to prevent fraying) but retain the ability to chain them back together. That and a "comb" of safety pins can come very handy multiple times during a long hike, whether affixing socks to dry off the back of your pack while hiking, securing cuffs, various field repairs, compression strap, small one around your belt and another through it for an impromptu axe holster, clothes pins that can't blow off a 1/8" white nylon cord (dry line, bear bag line, black sharpie a line every foot and red every five or ten for ruler/depth gauge), make a signaling flag with trekking pole and bandana (or shirt plus branch), pin together a tear in pants or puffy, etc. (First Aid pouch is 4.5x3".)
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Re: Close call on Whitney Main Trail

Postby Steve C » Thu Apr 11, 2013 12:38 am

zdero1 wrote:Also another note about glissading: Make sure you have a way of preventing your pants from riding up on your legs. During our 1600' glissade of Mt. Adams (WA), my buddy's pant leg went up to his knees because he wasn't wearing gaitors and suffered 2nd degree burns which required hospitalization.

For the pant legs: buy a set of bicycle leg straps.

Re: Close call on Whitney Main Trail

Postby Steve Climber » Thu Apr 11, 2013 8:40 am

Steve C wrote:
zdero1 wrote:Also another note about glissading: Make sure you have a way of preventing your pants from riding up on your legs. During our 1600' glissade of Mt. Adams (WA), my buddy's pant leg went up to his knees because he wasn't wearing gaitors and suffered 2nd degree burns which required hospitalization.

For the pant legs: buy a set of bicycle leg straps.


Glissade head first...leg burn problem solved.
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Re: Close call on Whitney Main Trail

Postby Fisching » Thu Apr 11, 2013 9:58 am

aboynamedmargrette wrote:
Steve C wrote:
zdero1 wrote:Also another note about glissading: Make sure you have a way of preventing your pants from riding up on your legs. During our 1600' glissade of Mt. Adams (WA), my buddy's pant leg went up to his knees because he wasn't wearing gaitors and suffered 2nd degree burns which required hospitalization.

For the pant legs: buy a set of bicycle leg straps.


Glissade head first...leg burn problem solved.


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Seriously, these are always fun: http://www.freedomsphoenix.com/Article/Print-Page.htm?EdNo=001&Info=0110904
Peter Aitchison on the risks of rock climbing and mountaineering: "That's life, isn't it? We think the challenge and satisfaction you get from doing this is worth the risks."

"Respect the mountain. Train hard. Hope you can sneak up when it isn't looking."

"The mind is always worried about consequences, but the heart knows no fear. The heart just does what it wants."

Re: Close call on Whitney Main Trail

Postby Steve Climber » Thu Apr 11, 2013 1:41 pm



Some of those are pretty amazing...

Not to bring up a gun debate, but #3?!??! I can't imagine why folks are nervous about Joe Street carrying a concealed weapon. 7 different guns...47 spent cartridges...23 rounds pulled from victim...Maybe in Call of Duty a %50 hit rate will get you through, but this is real life...where'd the other 1/2 of the rounds end up? :wft:
Dave B wrote:And/or line thy helmet with tin foil and realize this is a freaking mountaineering website.


Steve Climber wrote:So that's your backpack, huh?

Re: Close call on Whitney Main Trail

Postby Bean » Thu Apr 11, 2013 2:17 pm

aboynamedmargrette wrote:Not to bring up a gun debate, but #3?!??! I can't imagine why folks are nervous about Joe Street carrying a concealed weapon. 7 different guns...47 spent cartridges...23 rounds pulled from victim...Maybe in Call of Duty a %50 hit rate will get you through, but this is real life...where'd the other 1/2 of the rounds end up? :wft:


http://www.snopes.com/crime/dumdum/gunshop.asp

Surprisingly most of the story is true, though a bit exaggerated.
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