Climber Falls 80 Feet - RIP

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Re: Climber Falls 80 Feet - RIP

Postby ryguy79 » Wed Jun 23, 2010 6:11 am

very sad. this was definitely on my mind while climbing at garden of the gods last evening.

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Re: Climber Falls 80 Feet - RIP

Postby kara » Wed Jun 23, 2010 8:40 am

came to my FB feed via the ACC:

So sad.
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Re: Climber Falls 80 Feet - RIP

Postby M_Sandoval52 » Fri Oct 07, 2011 4:41 am

The Spirit of one touches many. Sorry for your lose.

Re: Climber Falls 80 Feet - RIP

Postby gonzalj » Fri Oct 07, 2011 6:16 am

Very sad. Condolences to family & friends. RIP,,,

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Re: Climber Falls 80 Feet - RIP

Postby Matt Lemke » Fri Oct 07, 2011 7:06 am

Protective equipment failed...that is really sad. He probably didn't do anything wrong. RIP
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Re: Climber Falls 80 Feet - RIP

Postby Johnson » Fri Oct 07, 2011 7:30 am

Condolences to Joe's friends and family.

Don't know if I heard about it back in June. Lame that the "professionals" reported this as recent. Condolences nevertheless. Still sad to hear.
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Re: Climber Falls 80 Feet - RIP

Postby Jim Davies » Fri Oct 07, 2011 7:44 am

This accident happened in June 2010.
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Re: Climber Falls 80 Feet - RIP

Postby crossfitter » Fri Oct 07, 2011 8:13 am

There is some ridiculous thread necromancy going on, but an investigation by RMRG determined that the climber's rope was cut while falling over a sharp edge

Prior to the fall, Miller was near or above the last piece of protection (P) above a slight bulge. When he fell, this top piece of protection failed. Blue lines represent motion.

Miller fell vertically past a bulge until the rope began to catch his fall. The next piece of protection (Black dot) held, but was slightly climber's right of Miller's trajectory. As the rope pulled tight, Miller swung ("pendulummed") slightly to the right, dragging the rope over a sharp protruding "knife" edge (Dashed green arrow) just below the protection that held (Black dot). The rope probably slid along the edge (movement parallel to the edge) while under the high tension caused by nearly arresting the fall. The edge severed the rope, and Miller fell to the ground, suffering fatal injuries.
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