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Close calls?

Postby Mountain Ninja » Wed Jul 04, 2012 3:27 pm

I've had some "close calls" on mountain climbing adventures.

What are some stories of close calls you have experienced?

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Re: Close calls?

Postby d_baker » Wed Jul 04, 2012 3:31 pm

Mountain_Ninja wrote:I've had some "close calls" on mountain climbing adventures.

What are some stories of close calls you have experienced?

you first....

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Re: Close calls?

Postby Brian Thomas » Wed Jul 04, 2012 4:30 pm

Mountain_Ninja wrote:What are some stories of close calls you have experienced?

Hey Brad, sorry I bailed on you for the El-D --> Wilson traverse, but as my redheaded bastard stepbrother SurfNTurf tells me, I'm just a *sissy*

Closest close call was getting caught in a thunder snow storm on Elbert at 10am in November 2010, very scary. Closest close call I've witnessed was seeing Derek almost get nailed by rockfall on Ice Mountain last August.

After the San Juans ate up my CR-V's transmission last week, really been wondering if it's all worth it. At least in any kind of hurry/urgency to "finish" this or that list of peaks, and concluding that it's not worth it.

Before I moved to Colorado I was a hiker, in Ohio (yes, to elevations 500-1000 feet), Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, North Carolina. Re-aligning my priorities here in Colorado to become a hiker again, a hiker who may occasionally summit high peaks but doesn't care if it happens or not that day.

Happy 4th to all of you with functional vehicles, will be stuck in Denver and loving my bicycle while the CR-V is in Honda Hospital...
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Re: Close calls?

Postby tmathews » Wed Jul 04, 2012 5:24 pm

Read my first blog post on El Diente :shock:

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Re: Close calls?

Postby Jesse M » Wed Jul 04, 2012 7:30 pm

I have two big ones, this is the first time I have documented this experience.

I was fourteen or fifteen.
This was my second 14er.
Wilson Peak.
I felt strong and was in the first group to summit.
Eight out of fifteen made the summit that day.
My opinion now was important.
We wanted to save time.
"let's go down here", the 'others' who opinions were important exclaimed.
I agreed.
We would go down North from the summit.
I was first to cross the snowfield.
I slipped.
I fell.
Sticking my leg out I wrapped it around a rock 10 feet below the 'crew'.

You would think this would be cause for a group of teens to retreat and take the west ridge back down, but we kept on.
I watched a microwave size boulder fly over my buddies head, THE closest danger I have ever been in. We all made it, but it was a "close call", for sure.

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Re: Close calls?

Postby oldschool » Wed Jul 04, 2012 8:05 pm

Close calls? Lets about the entire Cap to Snowmass Traverse in Sept of 2010. Also, huge rockfall while on a bigwall in Yosemite.

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Re: Close calls?

Postby jimlup » Wed Jul 04, 2012 8:13 pm

Descending the Kautz Glacier route on Rainier. There was a huge icefall in the Couloir next to ours. Scary as hell!
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Re: Close calls?

Postby Winter8000m » Wed Jul 04, 2012 8:48 pm

oldschool wrote:Close calls? Lets about the entire Cap to Snowmass Traverse in Sept of 2010. Also, huge rockfall while on a bigwall in Yosemite.


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Re: Close calls?

Postby Kiefer » Wed Jul 04, 2012 9:32 pm

Winter8000m wrote:
oldschool wrote:Close calls? Lets about the entire Cap to Snowmass Traverse in Sept of 2010. Also, huge rockfall while on a bigwall in Yosemite.


=D> +2

Oh, and there WAS that night back in 1991 in my dormmates bedroom with... (cough-cough). Dodged a bullet on that one! :lol:

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Re: Close calls?

Postby SilverLynx » Wed Jul 04, 2012 9:56 pm

On the 14ers, I've had some definite "learning experiences", but nothing that I would consider a "close call" really.

The only time when I have ever felt like I was in immediate danger was last June (in 2011) on Father's Day. My dad and I had spent the whole day together in Fort Collins, eating, shopping and just driving around. We toyed with the idea of doing a hike all day long, and for some stupid reason we did not manage to get out and hiking until almost 4:00 in the afternoon. By this time, some dark blue clouds had built up over the mountains, and it had started to rain a little bit. We continued with our plans to hike Arthur's Rock.

I remember the first part of the hike and admiring all the pretty flowers and walking through a grassy meadow. I took lots of photos, and my dad and I talked about the great scenery. It was cloudy, but nothing serious seemed to be developing. We hiked further, up through the ponderosa forest, when we heard some soft thunder in the distance.... and the rain was starting to fall again. It was my (stupid) decision to continue to the summit of Arthur's Rock, figuring the storm would probably just blow over to the south of us. Finally the last little stretch to the summit was becoming visible. Suddenly, a curved bolt of purplish-white lightning penetrated down through the blue clouds right before my eyes, striking the hillside just west of us. The resulting boom of thunder was less than 2 seconds in its wake. VERY LOUD!!!! I screamed in reaction to the intensity of the sound. Shortly thereafter I watched a flock of birds emerge from the trees and fly in the opposite direction of the storm cloud, panicked by the crash. My dad and I agreed it was time to get the hell out of there as the thunder continued to boom around us so loud that we could barely here each other talk. When we reached the car, the booming had lessened in intensity but the rain was falling hard. Lesson learned: the first time you hear thunder, turn back. Don't wait until it gets uncomfortably close. 8-[

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Re: Close calls?

Postby Brian C » Wed Jul 04, 2012 10:13 pm

Noah! Remember when I almost ate the big one on the 4th rappel from the summit on that random tower in New Mexico by accidentally not clipping my belay device to my harness and almost leaning back? Oh boy! What a day that was! I've always checked my ATC about 4-5 times more now on rappels because of that.
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Re: Close calls?

Postby RoanMtnMan » Wed Jul 04, 2012 10:39 pm

Close calls are like ex-girlfriends, better kept to yourself.
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