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Karl Baba

Trad climber
Yosemite, Ca
Topic Author's Original Post - Nov 3, 2013 - 05:19am PT
Best wishes for Tommy Caldwell for recovering from the sting of a mishap up there recently

http://gripped.com/2013/11/sections/news/el-cap-bites-back/

El Cap Bites Back
November 2, 2013
By Brandon Pullan
On the evening of Friday, Nov 1st, Kevin Jorgeson wrote this on his facebook page: “El Cap bites back.” Hours later Tommy Caldwell wrote this on his facebook page: “Disaster strikes! Haul bag took a 200-foot plunge while clipped to the back of my harness. Hauling hook fail. It was a bit jarring. Looks like a Costochondral Seperation. I am headed home to try and heal as quickly as possable.”

Costochondral Seperation is a separation of a rib from the sternum.

Caldwell was climbing on El Cap at the time of the accident, attempting to free climb the Dawn Wall. He has been working, with various partners, on freeing the Dawn Wall for years. This year Kevin Jorgeson, Chris Sharma and Jonathan Siegrist were working on the project with Caldwell.

The team got a late start after the Federal Government shut-down forced the closure of Yosemite and other National Parks. Whether or not the team will continue working on the climb is unknown. “I’ve had to break through barriers and have created this life that is incredibly engaging and exciting and gets me psyched year-round to continue training,” Caldwell said, “I always have a goal that I’m working toward. I just love it. I’m going to keep going back.”

“This obsession is a curious thing,” he says. “Sometimes I wonder about the merits of devoting so much of myself to a singular climbing objective. Much of the time it beats me down, leaves me hanging my head in despair. But then there are the moments that bring me to life. When excitement wells up inside my chest in a way that doesn’t happen in every day life…It’s a crazy roller coaster and I owe my family and partners a great deal for encouraging me through it all.”

From everyone at Gripped Magazine, heal up quick Tommy, the entire climbing community is rooting for you guys on the Dawn Wall.

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Karl Baba note:

It's gotta be an experience watching a haul bag fall 200 feet knowing it's tied to you.

Probably a good lesson to use old dynamic ropes for hauling rather than static lines. A haul bag will cause a world of hurt after a 200 foot fall tied to your harness, (and even a dynamic line is going to hurt) Don’t know what Tommy was using but guessing dynamic.

Amazing those guys do so much falling up there and it took a flying haul bag to take a bite. I ruptured my achilles falling down a practically smooth vertical stone on El Cap once.

Peace

Karl
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Nov 3, 2013 - 06:13am PT
hey there say, karl... oh my, thanks for posting...

i been hoping and praying for the guys on el cap, back during all
the bits of snow that came in...

TOMMY--a heart get well soon, and thankful that nothing worse
happened, salute to you!


so very sorry the haul bag situation went so wrong... :(
glad you are still here and able to still follow your dreams...
ElCapPirate

Big Wall climber
Reno, Nevada
Nov 3, 2013 - 06:50am PT
Hoping for a speedy recovery, Tommy

I used to use this technique when speed soloing if I back cleaned sections that I didn't need to go down to clean gear. The bags would sit on the hook and I would just pull up the bag when ready and saved a ton of time.

It always scared me of the possibility of this happening. For better peace of mind I made a quickdraw with 80lb breaker cord instead of webbing and clipped that to my harness and haul line. That way the cord would break and go to the ground instead if acting like a giant funkness to your body,

Cheers!
Norwegian

Trad climber
dancin on the tip of god's middle finger
Nov 3, 2013 - 07:32am PT
tommy has extensive stock
in the fortitude market.

cash in, man!
exchange that currency for some amino acids
or other healing agents.

that's terror, right there.
it had to be a dynamic rope.
justthemaid

climber
Jim Henson's Basement
Nov 3, 2013 - 08:03am PT
Yikes!

Glad he's OK. Hoping for another speedy recovery.

Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
Nov 3, 2013 - 08:08am PT
Ouch!

Fortunately, it probably hurts only when he breathes.
whitemeat

Big Wall climber
San Luis Obispo, CA
Nov 3, 2013 - 09:55am PT
take notes tommy!

mark has got it down:


hope you have a good recovery and back up there crushing in no time!!!!!
HighDesertDJ

Trad climber
Nov 3, 2013 - 10:00am PT
He is a lucky dude. Glad its only a separated rib and not something worse.
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Nov 3, 2013 - 10:04am PT
Uuuugh. Always worried about that exact possibility. Really glad the outcome wasn't worse.

Very annoying type of injury. Certainly shuts down high end climbing effort.

Heal up stong!

I am curious about details of the accident considering the fairly good outcome all things considered. Static haul line?, while on lead? How was the bag dislodged?

Course I'd not blame him for not sharing. Folks do have a tendency to go all RC.n00b over stuff like that. But I am curious.
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Nov 3, 2013 - 10:15am PT

Heal up fast, Tommy!
NA_Kid

Big Wall climber
The Bear State
Nov 3, 2013 - 10:23am PT
Sucks for the injury. Best of luck healing.

With a 4 person team, why were they using this technique? You would think they would just have a person at the lower belay to release the bags...
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Nov 3, 2013 - 10:33am PT
I'd really like to hear the details of this. In my experience, it's very hard to dislodge a haul bag hanging from a hook on a bolt.
Roger Breedlove

climber
Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Nov 3, 2013 - 11:26am PT
I suffered this sort of injury after a short fall on a short rope with a too tight swami belt which caught under my ribcage and pulled three lower left ribs off my sternum. At the time the only treatment was to wear a very tight warp to pull the ribs closer to the sternum to promote healing. That was so painful, I took it off. As a consequence, the injury took several years to completely heal, and those ribs still stick out.

Treatment aims to relieve pain while the injury heals, which can take up to 12 weeks or more.

If I were climbing now, I would want to talk a surgeon into opening me up and attaching the loose ends of the bone and the cartilage together with new fangled, screwed in place brackets to promote fast and accurate healing. However, my guess is that only a high-end sports medicine surgeon would even consider it, and might refuse on the basis that lots of rest and pain killers will do the trick just fine.

Heal fast and well, Tommy.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Nov 3, 2013 - 12:02pm PT
http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=1954729&tn=3020
@ Post #17, a song for Tommy by Moon & Company...

Obsession often is accompanied by depression as a characteristic of the creative process...and sometimes rib injury.

This is nature's way of telling you:

Take your time and heal properly, Tommy.

You don't want to get in the shape old Roger's in. :0)

Good post, Mr. Be Love.
Kalimon

Social climber
Ridgway, CO
Nov 3, 2013 - 12:19pm PT
One would not expect this kind of incident to involve such an experienced climber as Tommy C. . . . "It goes to show you don't ever know, watch each card you play and please play it slow."

Good vibes to you TC.
Rhodo-Router

Gym climber
sawatch choss
Nov 3, 2013 - 01:10pm PT
Nightmare! it finally happened to someone. I am amazed that the rib separation is the worst consequence.

Will be curious to hear details eventually.
Karl Baba

Trad climber
Yosemite, Ca
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 3, 2013 - 01:13pm PT
Ammon wrote

I used to use this technique when speed soloing if I back cleaned sections that I didn't need to go down to clean gear. The bags would sit on the hook and I would just pull up the bag when ready and saved a ton of time.

It always scared me of the possibility of this happening. For better peace of mind I made a quickdraw with 80lb breaker cord instead of webbing and clipped that to my harness and haul line. That way the cord would break and go to the ground instead if acting like a giant funkness to your body,

That's the best solution, particularly if you're going to haul static. It's also tempting to use the bag on a hook technique when you're soloing and have some pitches fixed from your bivy

Peace

karl
fluffy

Trad climber
Colorado
Nov 3, 2013 - 01:25pm PT
It's gotta be an experience watching a haul bag fall 200 feet knowing it's tied to you.

no no no no NO NO NOOOO

good advice in this thread thanks

heal up quick TC
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Nov 3, 2013 - 01:52pm PT
Best Wishes and Prayers for healing. Peace, Lynne
Ward Trotter

Trad climber
Nov 3, 2013 - 01:59pm PT
Best wishes for a speedy recovery. You have a lot of climbs ahead of you.

Warning : do not read too much ST during down time. Brain will be injured, prolonging recovery.
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