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Friedo

Trad climber
South Lake Tahoe
Topic Author's Original Post - Aug 26, 2013 - 01:41pm PT
Apparently a lead climber took a ground fall at D-Rock on Friday and suffered significant injuries. From the account I heard it sounded like the climber was possibly on the 5.9 left of the Gash and to the right of PA Corner. It also sounded like a hold broke which caused the ground fall. Anybody have any other info???
WSP

Trad climber
Reno
Aug 26, 2013 - 02:07pm PT
Ive been looking for info on this. Ive heard second hand from Carson fire dept. that the accident happened when an exercise ball sized rock broke loose when the climber pulled on it, climber fell hit the ground and boulder landed on his leg (tib/fib). Ive heard they amputated...gives me the shakes typing this. Not sure which route or how high up, but it could be the 5.9 route that was stated earlier as there is/was a large boulder that was loose between first and second bolt. Also heard the belayer was a smaller size woman and the climber was a bigger guy and when the fall happened she was yanked up and the climber decked and boulder landed on him.
jonnyrig

Trad climber
formerly known as hillrat
Aug 26, 2013 - 02:20pm PT
http://www.nevadaappeal.com/news/local/7838775-113/clear-creek-fell-road

started a 2nd thread by accident at about the same time. figured we only need one. (sorry frummy)

Best wishes for a speedy recovery.
Friedo

Trad climber
South Lake Tahoe
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 26, 2013 - 02:57pm PT
WSP, we may have the same source. I heard a similar account from a fire fighter looking for some climbing info so that he could better understand what had happened. It's just a reminder that we can never be too safe. Rock breaks!
Jebus H Bomz

climber
Peavine Basecamp
Aug 26, 2013 - 03:20pm PT
Sucky! To a swift recovery.
HighTraverse

Trad climber
Bay Area
Aug 26, 2013 - 04:03pm PT
BUMMER!
Care Flight wasn’t involved because it was too smoky to land.
Jebus H Bomz

climber
Peavine Basecamp
Aug 26, 2013 - 04:09pm PT
Yeah, I saw that Careflight comment. It has truly been a soupy cauldron around here lately.

I got bbq potato chips the other day just to go with the air quality.

Pretty wild they thought hanging upside down is what saved the guy's life. Extreme trendelenberg!
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Aug 26, 2013 - 04:30pm PT
hey there say, all... very sad to hear this... prayers for a good get-well recovery...
Footloose

Trad climber
Lake Tahoe
Aug 26, 2013 - 04:55pm PT
Ugh!! Awful!!

I don't know the area climber's right of Color Me Gone
except for Bloodshot.

This is certainly a reminder one wants to be mentally prepared
beforehand (to the extent it's possible) ready to proactively separate
himself ASAP from any rock he's falling with.

Anytime, anywhere. On guard.
kaholatingtong

Trad climber
Nevada City
Aug 26, 2013 - 06:05pm PT
scary stuff! on your toes, folks!
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Aug 26, 2013 - 09:06pm PT
Broke both arms and severely injured leg in a 25 footer! Dang bad luck! Hopes for the best recovery possible. Have no clue what route he was on by the descrip. This rock has been averaging two serious accidents at least , per year.
jonnyrig

Trad climber
formerly known as hillrat
Aug 26, 2013 - 09:27pm PT
Carson Fire technical rescue was running a training session there today, but they were not forthcoming with any info.

Asked them if it was another accident, they said "nope, just training". Said I heard there was one earlier and they said "yep, guy fell". Literally. They've got some nice gear.
jonnyrig

Trad climber
formerly known as hillrat
Aug 26, 2013 - 11:24pm PT
Early this year (circled a possibility in the lower right):
photo not found
Missing photo ID#318155

and today (same area circled) appears to be missing a block. That would be in the area of the Gash/Dead Man's Rappel, but between and off-route?
photo not found
Missing photo ID#318156
i'm gumby dammit

Sport climber
da ow
Aug 26, 2013 - 11:43pm PT
Sounds like her getting pulled up may have saved her.
Friedo

Trad climber
South Lake Tahoe
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 27, 2013 - 06:30pm PT
Jonnyrig,
Looks reasonable. That's a huge block too!
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Aug 28, 2013 - 12:25am PT
I dont see any difference in that circled area other than photo glare.


edit: ok i DO see a missing block, which would have been off route- right of the second bolt on Deadmans- towards the edge im guessing?

Im still wondering where that big of a block was on any of those routes.?

Im used to climbing by shakey stuff and there is one or two smaller chunks that have just remained, but over all,,, thats been cleaned up fairly well.
The gash could have a loose chunk up in the bottom of the finish chimney.

But the 5.9 right of PA corner would be color me gone. Theres nothing loose on it. nary a grain anymore. A little wierd to have so many accidents there. Seems it has become popular so i guess with added traffic comes added~~~.. Dunno...
i'm gumby dammit

Sport climber
da ow
Aug 28, 2013 - 03:04am PT
ok i DO see a missing block, which would have been off route- right of the second bolt on Deadmans- towards the edge im guessing?
exactly, from those pictures it looks like it was this one
Giant leaning boulder
Giant leaning boulder
Credit: i'm gumby dammit

from the ledge just to the right of (or part of) deadman's rappel
Credit: i'm gumby dammit
Patrick Sawyer

climber
Originally California now Ireland
Aug 28, 2013 - 04:50am PT
Bummer, to say the least.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Aug 29, 2013 - 09:00pm PT
Went by there this afternoon. It is indeed that OBVIOUSLY loose block that used to be there. It now sets on the ground next to the creek.. a 2.5' thick by 3 'x4' CHUNK weighing approx 450 lbs or more. The ledges at the start of deadmans rappel are soaked in blood..
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Aug 29, 2013 - 09:42pm PT
This block had been ther for a LONG time. Within the last year , someone did some gardening around out tearing out some squaw tea that was growing around it. It then became less stable and leaned out as the pics indicate. The route goes left of it and ive never even touched that block during the 100 or more times ive done that route.
Has anyone else been tempted to grab that block while doing the route?
Good thoughts to the injured climber.. It looked like a grizzly scene.
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