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Man fell into crevasse in Glacier National Park

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Re: Man fell into crevasse in Glacier National Park

Postby MUni Rider » Fri Sep 13, 2013 1:42 pm

Crazy story and incredible self rescue. Not too long before this guy sees a movie deal. That would be a good thing, to help with his medical bills.
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Re: Man fell into crevasse in Glacier National Park

Postby peter303 » Fri Sep 13, 2013 2:11 pm

MUni Rider wrote:Crazy story and incredible self rescue. Not too long before this guy sees a movie deal. That would be a good thing, to help with his medical bills.

Did you see "Vertical Limits"?

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Re: Man fell into crevasse in Glacier National Park

Postby GregMiller » Fri Sep 13, 2013 2:19 pm

I would think you're looking for something more like "Touching the Void".
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been scared and battered. My hopes the wind done scattered. Snow has friz me, Sun has baked me,
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Re: Man fell into crevasse in Glacier National Park

Postby Klinger1986 » Fri Sep 13, 2013 3:28 pm

That is incredible. It is truly astounding what the human body is capable of accomplishing. I'm glad this story had a happy ending.
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Re: Man fell into crevasse in Glacier National Park

Postby Fisching » Fri Sep 13, 2013 4:13 pm

Glacier National Park still has glaciers???
(I would put that in pink font, but I'm not sure it's actually required)

What a captivating, yet horrifying first hand account of the incident. Glad he's going to make a recovery and avoided any possible paralysis. It's too bad more people are focusing on the Longs incident instead of this one, given the elaborate account - first hand account - that is available here. This is a great example where the users looking to learn lessons from accidents can do so because of the amount of accurate details provided straight from the injured climber.
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Re: Man fell into crevasse in Glacier National Park

Postby 14erFred » Sat Sep 14, 2013 9:31 am

Hang in there, Ted. Prayers and well wishes for a speedy and complete recovery. You can't kill the spirit. It's strong like the mountain.

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Re: Man fell into crevasse in Glacier National Park

Postby bunny256 » Sat Sep 14, 2013 10:56 am

What an amazing story! Glad he was able to fight through what must have been excruciating pain and make it to safety.

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Re: Man fell into crevasse in Glacier National Park

Postby summitstep » Sat Sep 14, 2013 11:16 am

Wow! Tense stuff. Very similar in story to The Ledge by Jim Davidson. Thank God he got out safe to tell us all.
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Re: Man fell into crevasse in Glacier National Park

Postby TallGrass » Sat Sep 21, 2013 11:28 pm

"KC native’s will to live defeats a Montana glacier"
http://www.kansascity.com/2013/09/21/4498659/kc-natives-will-to-live-defeats.html
Includes two videos one reflecting and one of him in the crevasse with a broken back and last words.
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Re: Man fell into crevasse in Glacier National Park

Postby Steve Climber » Mon Sep 23, 2013 12:22 pm

Gnarly. I'm very happy to hear this guy was able to get himself out. Wishing him a full and speedy recovery.
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Re: Man fell into crevasse in Glacier National Park

Postby Klinger1986 » Wed Sep 25, 2013 9:14 pm

TallGrass wrote:"KC native’s will to live defeats a Montana glacier"
http://www.kansascity.com/2013/09/21/4498659/kc-natives-will-to-live-defeats.html
Includes two videos one reflecting and one of him in the crevasse with a broken back and last words.


This story is an eye opener. I know many of us, at one point or another, have decided not to utilize our available equipment. I am guilty of it. Hopefully we can all learn from this mistake, so we can arrive home safely. It was very hard watching that second video, because it could have easily been me. Grass, thanks for keeping us updated on his condition, and I hope he can return to hiking.
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