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Chris Cunningham

Trad climber
San Francisco
Topic Author's Original Post - Mar 9, 2013 - 01:17pm PT
http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=3d6_1362797536
ec

climber
ca
Mar 9, 2013 - 02:16pm PT
'just think...that was the easy part!

Yikes!

 ec
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Mar 9, 2013 - 02:33pm PT
What a wanker. that dude had zero buisnes being up there unroped without a guide. Annother vote for simply dial 911 the moment you see a go pro on a climbing helmet cause you just know there is gonna be a wreck.....
tuolumne_tradster

Trad climber
Leading Edge of North American Plate
Mar 9, 2013 - 03:07pm PT
dude's lucky he didn't catch his crampons and break his ankles
Studly

Trad climber
WA
Mar 9, 2013 - 03:45pm PT
That guy so lucky to be alive. His ass must hurt like hell.
Capt.

climber
some eastside hovel
Mar 9, 2013 - 07:40pm PT
All hail tradmanclimbs.He is not a "wanker" and would not be there,unroped without a guide.Also,apparently he is impervious to falling ice.
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Mar 9, 2013 - 08:02pm PT
Trust me on this one. that guy was a total wanker who does not know how to even hold his tools. I knew that guy was going to come off way before the falling object hit him. BTW when you are climbing and you get bombed, sink your tools, make yourself small, hunker up looking down, hang on and hope it hits your pack or helmet and take your lumps. Done it thousands of times. letting go and trying to catch it is butt ugly stupid wanker move..
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Mar 9, 2013 - 08:14pm PT
Eric Marshal. Black Dike cannon Cliff NH
Eric Marshal. Black Dike cannon Cliff NH
Credit: tradmanclimbs
Eric showing proper form while getting bombed...
rockermike

Trad climber
Berkeley
Mar 9, 2013 - 08:26pm PT
been there; done that. Soloing Great White Icicle outside of Salt Lake. What is it, maybe 400 feet of moderate water ice, but falling on it would be way bad. Anyway, something biggish flew off the top, took a bad hop, and missed my face by millimeters only to whack my shoulder pretty damn hard. Maybe even skinned my nose as I jerked by head to the side. Anyway, I held my ground but learned a lesson. Climbing can be dangerous....

We were all wankers once. Some still are...
bhilden

Trad climber
Mountain View, CA
Mar 9, 2013 - 08:28pm PT
Agree with 'tradmanclimbs.' When there is falling ice from above you set your tools and lean into the slope to make yourself 1) as small as possible and 2) a low aspect ratio so if something does hit you it does so as a glancing blow and not 'head on.'

Of course, we will never know if the ice would have hit him or not, but very poor reaction by the climber.
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Mar 9, 2013 - 08:32pm PT
I live eat and breathe ice in the winter. Soloing had a good chunk hit above my ear but below the coverage of my POS half dome and split my skull to the bone. Never let go or even let it mess with my zone. topped out and hiked back to the van for medicinal whisky and home brewed butterfly stiches.. Been hit and bruised or taken it on the lid or pack too many times to even begin to count....
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Mar 9, 2013 - 08:34pm PT
just from what you see of his hands and breathing he does not look solid. feels weak. no buisness soloing.
The Call Of K2 Lou

climber
Squamish
Mar 9, 2013 - 08:41pm PT
Good thing the nitro didn't explode!
ms55401

Trad climber
minneapolis, mn
Mar 9, 2013 - 08:45pm PT
looked like he tried to Dikembe Mutumbo the falling ice
RDB

Social climber
wa
Mar 9, 2013 - 11:08pm PT
I believe the guy broke both ankles if not legs as well.
Hooking a crampoin will do that every time given enough speed and leverage.

I wouldn't get too uppity though. Next piece of ice might well knock your own soxes off.


photo courtesy of Will Gadd

Nice shot of a tiny bit of spin drift. If it were serious you wouldn't even recognise a climber in there. Which isn't anything close to chunks of ice. Of course we all recognise that, right?


winter conditions...the kind we climb in on occasion
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Mar 9, 2013 - 11:23pm PT
Poor bastard! That had to f*#king HURT!

DMT
johnkelley

climber
Anchorage Alaska
Mar 10, 2013 - 12:08am PT
Here's a few Steve Stein took of me on the North Couloir of Yukla.

Credit: johnkelley

Credit: johnkelley

Credit: johnkelley
philo

Trad climber
Is that light the end of the tunnel or a train?
Mar 10, 2013 - 12:19am PT
Great sequence of shots there John Kelly.
I can't believe your belayer had the stones to keep shooting.
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Mar 10, 2013 - 07:50am PT
Sorry I don't have a better photo for you. 99.9% of the time I am the one on the sharp end not takeing photos..

Dude had a go pro on his head which increased his chances of falling by at least 200% Then there is the britt factor. Britts on ice= annother 200% increase in the odds of an accident.
Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
Mar 10, 2013 - 08:18am PT
Did you catch the part at the end where he reaches up to check if his GoPro is still there?
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