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post #1 of 14
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http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/mountain-climber-fall-video-123506418.html

 

 

I had a mini anxiety attack just watching it, can't imagine experiencing it!

post #2 of 14

Oh my god!  Amazing he wasn't seriously injured.

post #3 of 14

This is how people die.  Not only do you hit the rocks, but the crampons bite, the body goes over and snaps the legs, and then you're rag-dolling.  I think this is the most terrifying POV I've ever seen.

post #4 of 14

Wow, that's terrifying, and I lost a good friend many years ago ice climbing.  I'm not an climber myself, but shouldn't he have put in some ice screws or other anchors before that point?  It looks like he was fine until a small chunk of ice fell from above that he tried to deflect with his arm, which made him lose his balance. 

post #5 of 14
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Wow, that's terrifying, and I lost a good friend many years ago ice climbing.  I'm not an climber myself, but shouldn't he have put in some ice screws or other anchors before that point?  It looks like he was fine until a small chunk of ice fell from above that he tried to deflect with his arm, which made him lose his balance. 

 

It looks like pretty soft "ice" more like snow. You can't really protect that with screws. deadmen and stuff like that, or perhaps protect from the rocks on the sides, but it also looks relatively low-angle and not something you'd protect anyway. Besides that, he appears to be alone and without anybody on the other end of the rope it won't help much. If it was steeper, you have to think he'd be dead now.

post #6 of 14

I didn't do similar stuff for years, but back then we were told to turn around, face facing snow and try to stop with ice axe. This guy was sitting/laying on his back and watching his ride down, not to mention he lost both axes in first few meters. Unless they invented some new technique for stopping while sitting or laying on your back, you have 0% chance to stop this way.

post #7 of 14

Damn! Now he has to climb all the way back up there which won't be so enjoyable considering the bruising he took.  Note to self (to be read if I ever take up climbing): when climbing with ice axes, do not throw away ice axes in the event of a fall; they could be used for self arrest.biggrin.gif

post #8 of 14

I saw this one that gave me a lot of anxiety. Especially as more people try to be "extreme".

 

http://msnvideo.msn.com/?channelindex=2&from=en-us_msnhpvidmod&form=msnrll#/video/4c629f0f-d50e-40ca-9b5d-ff347f3df3e2

post #9 of 14

That guy just used up eight of his nine lives...  Damn!

post #10 of 14

Why in the world did he put his hand up to block that falling ice?  That destabilized him and then he fell.  He should have gripped both axes and just pulled himself close to the face.  And if by chance the ice actually did hit him, that's what the helmet is for.  

 

That's like trying to catch a sharp knife that you drop.  Just let it DROP.  You just don't DO that sort of thing.  LET THE ICE DROP.

 

Fate was kind to him that day.  He almost died because of his foolishness.

post #11 of 14
That looks like a pretty good chunk. If it's hard ice it's probably heavy enough to knock you off either way.
post #12 of 14

Ya, that's my point.  It's a good size, so why try to deflect it in the first place?  Better to hug the face and let it overshoot you, or at least MAYBE deflect off you.

 

In any event, good thing he survived.  That was some scary stuff.

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Why in the world did he put his hand up to block that falling ice?  That destabilized him and then he fell.  He should have gripped both axes and just pulled himself close to the face.  And if by chance the ice actually did hit him, that's what the helmet is for.  

 

That's like trying to catch a sharp knife that you drop.  Just let it DROP.  You just don't DO that sort of thing.  LET THE ICE DROP.

 

Fate was kind to him that day.  He almost died because of his foolishness.

 

That was literally the first thing I was taught when I started rock climbing. When you hear someone say "rock!" you don't look up.

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That was literally the first thing I was taught when I started rock climbing. When you hear someone say "rock!" you don't look up.

But that was probably before Go Pros.

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