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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 wasnt 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!
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!
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.
Slinky00

Trad climber
Carson City, NV
Aug 30, 2013 - 12:28am PT
Has anyone else been tempted to grab that block while doing the route?

No, I didn't even want to look at that thing wrong. Always stayed off to the left. I kinda wondered why it hadn't been trundled years ago.
Slinky00

Trad climber
Carson City, NV
Aug 30, 2013 - 12:42am PT
That's why I left it alone. Didn't think anyone would grab that thing. It did look worse recently has you said.
kennyt

climber
Woodfords,California
Sep 2, 2013 - 10:46am PT
someone needs to take a sand blaster up there and do a graffiti clean up.

probably a waste of time though.
mechrist

Gym climber
South of Heaven
Sep 2, 2013 - 10:56am PT
Keep Tahoe bold... leave obviously loose blocks on easy routes frequented by beginners.

Speedy recovery to the injured. Wish your experience had been more enjoyable.
mechrist

Gym climber
South of Heaven
Sep 2, 2013 - 11:16am PT
it wasn't ON ANY route

So, tell me again... where is it in this photo...



and how do you know it wasn't loose if it wasn't on any route?
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Sep 2, 2013 - 01:04pm PT
Who was the injured party?
Footloose

Trad climber
Lake Tahoe
Sep 2, 2013 - 01:52pm PT
Stopped by as well.

Remarkable it wasn't trundled somehow way earlier.

I can only imagine the drama of the moment.

Best wishes to the injured climber.
the czar

climber
meyers, ca.
Sep 2, 2013 - 06:17pm PT
it was a kid from the carson area. his friend came into the store and was hoping to put up a donation jar for him, apparently he lost a leg from the injury. real sad for the kid but his buddy said that he is in good spirits and already wants to figure out how to get out climbing again. now THAT's STOKE! keep it cool, dave.
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Sep 2, 2013 - 06:26pm PT
Hoh man poor kid! Somebody else had mentioned amputation, sorry it wasn't rumor.
But if he's still psyched so should be we!

Somebody get him in touch with Malcom Daly and suggest to himmthat there is better rock in the world than Dinosaur rock!

I work with adaptive learners, climbing and other, in classrooms and the crags. If you, anyone know him, have him give me a shout. Ask for Jaybro, Esp in Moab or Vedauwoo! Though I have connections in Washoe county, as well!
Footloose

Trad climber
Lake Tahoe
Sep 3, 2013 - 03:02pm PT
jaybro, that is a terrific idea!!

his buddy said that he is in good spirits and already wants to figure out how to get out climbing again

the czar, is there a way you can make contact with this local cragger or friend to suggest to him to start a kickstarter project or similar? it wouldn't take much to start it. (A donation jar is so 20th century.) I would think $5k (for starters?) as a threshold amount would go a ways. If anyone can make contact along these lines, please post any update here. Much appreciated, I'd love to contribute!!

http://www.kickstarter.com/
mark miller

Social climber
Reno
Sep 5, 2013 - 06:22pm PT
Bump for the kid.

i'm gumby dammit

Sport climber
da ow
Oct 20, 2013 - 03:04am PT
http://www.tahoedailytribune.com/southshore/snews/8562402-113/lizaola-leg-lake-tahoe
South Lake Tahoe resident Anthony Lizaola can vividly describe the rock climbing accident in Carson City that took his leg in August.

He remembers reaching for a rock, the rock springing loose and the 20-foot fall to a ledge below. He recalls the 5-foot boulder coming down on his leg, and the leftover mess of muscle and bone.

It was shredded open, Lizaola said Thursday.

Hanging upside down and not wanting to fall another four or five feet to ground level, the 23-year-old used his right arm to hold himself up, while his left arm grasped his mangled leg.

The friend he was climbing with called 911, but it took about 20 minutes for an ambulance to arrive, he said.

Lizaola was immediately taken to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno. After coming out of surgery, he heard the news: his pelvis was broken, his clavicle was broken and his left leg had been amputated.

I had already expected the leg to be amputated, he said. It wasnt a big shock or anything. I kind of parted ways with it on the rock.

Lizaola currently gets around in a wheelchair and walker, but what he really needs is something more mobile, said his father, Hugo. On Nov. 4, a spaghetti feed will be held to help the family pay for a prosthetic.

Hes a great kid, he said. And hes full of energy. He just wants to get on with his life the way it was before.

Family friend and event organizer Jeannette Shippee said she hopes to raise about $10,000 for the limb.

Hes my family, Shippee said. I dont want to see him struggle.

Lizaola, who said hes been keeping a positive attitude since his accident, is happy to receive the support.

Its awesome, he said. Its definitely helping out a lot.

In the meantime, Lizaola said hes been focusing on his rehabilitation and eventually moving on with his life.

Theres no use in crying over spilled milk, I guess. Right? he said.

and more importantly
If you go

What: Spaghetti feed and silent auction

When: 5-8 p.m., Nov. 4

Where: Presbyterian Church, 2733 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe

Tickets: $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 years old and younger.

Info: 530-573-3038

Direct donations: Marco Anthony Lizaola Medical Fund at El Dorado Savings Banks Bijou branch

If anyone knows him (or the people behind the fundraising efforts), suggest a paypal account as well. Great for spur of the moment donations.
i'm gumby dammit

Sport climber
da ow
Oct 20, 2013 - 11:38am PT
bump for the mornning crowd. are they up yet?
Kalimon

Social climber
Ridgway, CO
Oct 20, 2013 - 12:45pm PT
Harsh event . . . best of thoughts to the poor chap.
Bad Climber

climber
Oct 20, 2013 - 01:35pm PT
So is there a Kickstarter or other way to donate? I did some quick searching, and it seemed like a lot of hoops to jump through. Damn shame and scary as hell. I've climbed there and done the route left of the block. After we get this kid a new leg, how's about we cut OFF the legs of the fu*ktards doing the graffiti? I hate that scum with a deep, deep passion.

BAd
i'm gumby dammit

Sport climber
da ow
Oct 20, 2013 - 01:44pm PT
Bad Climber - the information for donations for his new prosthetic is at the top of this page.
Direct donations: Marco Anthony Lizaola Medical Fund at El Dorado Savings Banks Bijou branch
Hopefully they will get up a paypal address as well
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