4.27.13 accident on Tahquitz


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PSP also PP

Trad climber
May 6, 2013 - 06:01pm PT
Bad climber ; was the grounder Peter Kohl? I recall he did cartwheels down that route.
Brian in SLC

Social climber
Salt Lake City, UT
May 7, 2013 - 01:02am PT
Great first hand report, and, a good reminder to all of us...!

Glad to hear you weren't hurt much worse.

Trad climber
Idyllwild, CA
May 13, 2013 - 11:54am PT
That's what I've been thinking. I read the first hand account several times to make sure I fully understood. I also went up there this week to check out the accident site.

There are definitely no bolts on Fingergrip. He said that he was within "hands reach" of the bolted anchor and 60-70 feet off the Jungle. The other interesting bit of info he included is that his only piece of gear was an "orange alien". I assume he means an orange Metolius, which is a common size for El Camino Real. At the cruxy section of El Camino, you need small cams, specifically green/yellow Alien size.

In my mind, all the signs seem to be pointing to El Camino Real.

Any chance umump can give a more detailed account of the route he was climbing?

All that said, I'm glad he's okay and it was thrilling to read a first hand account of a fall like that. I've never read anything like it.

Social climber
So Cal
May 13, 2013 - 11:42pm PT
Sounds like he was on "The Angle Iron Traverse" if he was going for the bolted anchor at the top of"El Camino".

Can't think of any other bolted anchors in the vicinity.

The move past the fixed pin where it crosses "FingerGrip" is the business and it is fairly easy ground the rest of the way except for a harder move to finally cross over to the anchors.

That matches his description of what happened closely.

Trad climber
CA Central Coast
May 13, 2013 - 11:51pm PT
glad you're healing, man.

thoughtful write up indeed
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