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Mountaineering accident

Postby tlongpine » Fri Nov 01, 2013 5:47 pm

Westword has the details: http://blogs.westword.com/cafesociety/2013/11/viewhouse_mountaineer.php

This raises very serious questions.

1.) Why was this climber attempting a technical maneuver without a belay and adequate protection?
2.) Why was he climbing alone? Did he leave a note?
3.) Was loss of traction a possible cause of the failed maneuver? Did he have appropriate foot ware?
a.) do you prefer microspikes or yak-trax when jumping roof to roof?
4.) Was he properly acclimated, from Kansas, Texas or California?

It's important that we answer these questions, employing prejudice and assumption if we must. Otherwise, we forgo an important opportunity to "learn from his mistakes."
I am unable to walk away from the mountain without climbing it. An unclimbed mountain tugs at my consciousness with the eternal weight of time itself. Until I've pressed my face into it's alpine winds, hugged it's ancient granite walls, and put it's weathered summit beneath my heal I'm unable to resist it's attraction.Knowing nature gives the mountain more time than she gives us adds urgency to the obsession. As has been said before; the mountain doesn't care.

It can wait forever. I cannot.

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Re: Mountaineering accident

Postby GregMiller » Fri Nov 01, 2013 5:54 pm

LOL. I was on Pearl Street in Boulder last night, and there were two folks dressed as mountaineers (oxygen masks and all) who were scaling the boulders that they have. Very funny, and they were entertaining quite the crowd.
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Re: Mountaineering accident

Postby Jim Davies » Fri Nov 01, 2013 7:15 pm

He would have made it if he'd had two ice-climbing tools.

I never noticed before, but where did Chris O'Donnell get the helmet and axes? They just sort of appeared when he needed them. Also, he reaches down and picks up the axes, and the leashes just magically attach to his wrists.
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Re: Mountaineering accident

Postby SkaredShtles » Fri Nov 01, 2013 7:51 pm

Perhaps he fancied himself Ueli Steck-ish?

Re: Mountaineering accident

Postby dannyg23 » Fri Nov 01, 2013 8:55 pm

Jim Davies wrote:He would have made it if he'd had two ice-climbing tools.


I love that scene and thanks to that technique I've never been cliffed out.

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Re: Mountaineering accident

Postby uwe » Sat Nov 02, 2013 8:34 am

HA.

Similar to the old Westerns when the extras dressed as Indians would forget to take off their watches...
Hollywood sometimes is slower than the eye...

Good eye, Jim!

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Re: Mountaineering accident

Postby tlongpine » Mon Nov 04, 2013 6:07 am

Fess up, someone here knows who this was.
I am unable to walk away from the mountain without climbing it. An unclimbed mountain tugs at my consciousness with the eternal weight of time itself. Until I've pressed my face into it's alpine winds, hugged it's ancient granite walls, and put it's weathered summit beneath my heal I'm unable to resist it's attraction.Knowing nature gives the mountain more time than she gives us adds urgency to the obsession. As has been said before; the mountain doesn't care.

It can wait forever. I cannot.

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Re: Mountaineering accident

Postby djkest » Mon Nov 04, 2013 8:25 am

tlongpine wrote:It's important that we answer these questions, employing prejudice and assumption if we must. Otherwise, we forgo an important opportunity to "learn from his mistakes."


Even if you drink so much that you think you can fly, you can't.

Gravity still effects you no matter what costume you are wearing.

Cliffhanger was fake, don't attempt to recreate scenes from the movie.

There you go Tlong, 3 lessons learned from this incident
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Re: Mountaineering accident

Postby rickinco123 » Mon Nov 04, 2013 11:18 pm

My condolences to everyone involved. I hope the witnesses of this tragedy can put this behind them and find peace. Tragic!

Please show some decency and wait at least 6 months before discussing this, let's allow the lower downtown bar scene time to heal.

Re: Mountaineering accident

Postby Steve Climber » Tue Nov 05, 2013 10:09 am

I don't mean to speculate, but...
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?

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Re: Mountaineering accident

Postby Jim Davies » Tue Nov 05, 2013 10:16 am

At least he was slightly injured doing something he loved. Condolences to his friends and family.
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Re: Mountaineering accident

Postby tlongpine » Tue Nov 05, 2013 10:24 am

Jim Davies wrote:At least he was slightly injured doing something he loved. Condolences to his friends and family.


:lol:
I am unable to walk away from the mountain without climbing it. An unclimbed mountain tugs at my consciousness with the eternal weight of time itself. Until I've pressed my face into it's alpine winds, hugged it's ancient granite walls, and put it's weathered summit beneath my heal I'm unable to resist it's attraction.Knowing nature gives the mountain more time than she gives us adds urgency to the obsession. As has been said before; the mountain doesn't care.

It can wait forever. I cannot.

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