Rescue Video Mount Watkins October 27


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The Hot Kiss On the End of a Wet Fist
Topic Author's Original Post - Nov 2, 2018 - 02:45pm PT
Rick A

Boulder, Colorado
Nov 2, 2018 - 03:10pm PT
Yikes! Plucked from Sheraton Watkins?

20 feet of rotor clearance?

No problem.

Simply amazing.

the Fet

Nov 2, 2018 - 03:19pm PT
Yeah that's it. A little more to the right. A little more to the right.

I've always like those kinda high heels too. No, no, no. Don't take them off.
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Nov 2, 2018 - 03:29pm PT
Wow, spectacular vid!
Thanks to CHP H-40, YOSAR, and to Walter for sharing.
I especially liked the long "gaffer pole" used to reacquire the cable.

Nov 2, 2018 - 03:29pm PT
So much f*#king respect for how calm those guys are.

paul roehl

Boulder climber
Nov 2, 2018 - 03:50pm PT
Jesus H. I hope the pilot got a trophy for that. What ever it is, those guys don't get paid enough.

Trad climber
the middle of CA
Nov 2, 2018 - 04:40pm PT
Anyone know more of the story behind the accident?

The Granite State.
Nov 2, 2018 - 05:02pm PT
Holy crap! Nerves of steel!

Nov 2, 2018 - 05:27pm PT
Pros doing textbook pro work. Being extracted by one of these teams gives a climber a unique respect and appreciation of high angle rescue personnel and everything that goes into the work they do. TFPU, Walleye.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Nov 2, 2018 - 05:41pm PT
Thanks Walter, No words. So skilled......

Trad climber
Nov 2, 2018 - 05:54pm PT
Holy sh#tballs! Props to the rescuers!!!! That's some impressive stuff. And as said above nerves of steel to all involved!


Trad climber
Redwood City, CA
Nov 2, 2018 - 06:02pm PT
Wow, that's amazing work.

Nov 2, 2018 - 06:09pm PT

No kidding.
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Nov 2, 2018 - 06:20pm PT
go Jack!
and props to the whole crew!

simply amazing

Trad climber
Nov 2, 2018 - 11:33pm PT
Anyone know more of the story behind the accident?

Pretty sure it was just a standard leader fall, broken arm, couldn't retreat.

I couldn't believe hw fast they rescued him from the time of call to the end of incident. Probably just over 2 hours total.

"Minimums" ....."Minimums".....SO badass!
Jon Beck

Trad climber
Nov 2, 2018 - 11:56pm PT
Great work, they make it look easy, I am pretty sure it is much skill by all involved. Curious how the injured party got the call out for help?

So what should an injured party do to help SAR if they were to find themselves on the receiving end in a high angle rescue on a wall. Asking for a friend.

Trad climber
pacific beach, ca
Nov 3, 2018 - 03:58am PT

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Nov 3, 2018 - 04:33am PT

Could barely see the waterfall..........
Rick A

Boulder, Colorado
Nov 3, 2018 - 08:49am PT
Watched again on a bigger screen and looked at a topo. It appears that the folks rescued were about three pitches above Sheraton Watkins on a series of ledges at the start of the 11th pitch.

So that means the helicopter was hovering next to the vertical part of the face, with twenty feet of rotor clearance and over 100 feet of cable out.

Loved the comment of the laconic guy manning the hoist,

"Right at the edge of my comfort level"


Trad climber
Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Nov 3, 2018 - 09:00am PT
I hope this is getting a special late entry to this year's Banff Film Festival. It should win everything.
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