Climber injured and stranded on Humboldt Peak

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Postby Geof3 » Sun May 06, 2007 10:51 pm

Bad deal... Hope he fares well. Glad he has a couple of bags, but his injuries are the troublesome part of this. A night out is manegable when healthy, much more difficult with potentially severe injuries.

Prayers to both... USA-K must be in anquish having to leave him up there. All will be well!!!
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Postby Jcwhite » Mon May 07, 2007 12:31 am

ScottieB wrote:
OBX Fisherman wrote:From what USA Keller said the SAR was called off tonight because of too much danger of avalanche. The team was making slow progress up due to heavy gear and lots of snow.

She said David was "glacading" (sp?) down a section of mountain and picked up too much speed and could not stop due to no ice ax and went over an edge and landed on some rocks. She said he could not move one arm and one leg.

I know he will make it.


My prayers for David tonight. I assume SAR will start early tomorrow morning? Did both of them fall on the glissade or just David? Or was David the only one injured in the fall?

Caroline didnt fall...David was the only one injured.

I feel ya man, thoughts and prayers your way David.
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Postby Darryl Dunlap » Mon May 07, 2007 5:01 am

My prayers go out to you David, with warmth thoughts and quick rescue. If anyone can pull through this, you can. We're looking forward to seeing you back here.
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Postby Meteor » Mon May 07, 2007 5:16 am

KKTV posted a brief about it this morning, nothing more than what has already been mentioned in this thread, though:

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Postby jimlup » Mon May 07, 2007 5:24 am

Godspeed to the SARS team this morning!
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Postby intrinsic » Mon May 07, 2007 5:30 am

SAR will get them out! I'm not a religious person but I am praying a lot for these two! Godspeed! GO SAR!!!
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Postby Slow Moving Fun Seeker » Mon May 07, 2007 5:33 am

A prayer to the universe for a quick and safe rescue and return.
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Postby FlyGirl » Mon May 07, 2007 5:51 am

Oh no! Talusmonkey! Where was your Reddi-Whip? You could have engaged the emergency switch on the side of the can which releases the motherload of cream and landed in a big puffy pile of the whipped stuff.

No seriously! I am concerned. I know you'll pull through A-OK!

I want a full trip report on your safe return!
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Postby guitmo223 » Mon May 07, 2007 6:05 am

This is the first I've heard of this and it is pretty scary. I don't know how much snow the Sangres got, but we got at least a foot here in Woodland.

I'm kind of surprised that David would have tried glissading without an ice axe, but I guess I've done that before and I've been lucky.

Well, my prayers are going out to you right now TM. Bueno suerte!
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monkey rescue

Postby getout! » Mon May 07, 2007 6:05 am

Purple satin pimp suits must pick up lots of speed in spring conditions...a bling'd out iced up gold pimp cane could have been used for self arrest....maybe next time.

Best wishes to a safe rescue and speedy recovery.

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Postby Greenhouseguy » Mon May 07, 2007 6:14 am

Best wishes to TalusMonkey. I'm sure that he had the savvy to make it through the night. It helps to have a first-rate partner like USAKeller. I hope that we'll be able to help him during his recovery.
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Postby Rockymtnhigh69 » Mon May 07, 2007 6:17 am

This is terrible news.. I hope he is ok and whisked off the mountain shortly.. Prayers go out to you TM.. Hang in there USAKELLER.. He will be ok..
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