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The Climbing Accident That Almost Killed Me

Sobering story on CruxCrush:

I did not always climb with a helmet, and my life changed forever when a large block of rock fell on my head. The resulting traumatic brain injury almost killed me. Even though it happened six and a half years ago, I deal with the effects of that accident everyday. Accidents happen. And what happened to me does not have to happen to you. I am sharing my experience to remind climbers how important that silly looking “brain bucket” is. I have spoken about the facts of the accident multiple times, but right now I want to talk about how I still feel the effects of a decision I made when I was 26. A decision that is still hurting me at 32 and that I will be feeling the effects of for the rest of my life.

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Quickdraw Setup Like Those From Tito Traversa’s Accident

Quickdraw Setup Like Those From Tito Traversa’s Accident

After a lot of speculation over the weekend, according to Grimper the police have released an image of a quickdraw slung like those that were responsible for the tragic death of Tito Traversa last week.

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Rescue On Leaning Tower

Since there was a fair bit of bad news from Yosemite this season it’s nice to see this bonus El Cap Report detail the successful rescue of a climber off of the Leaning Tower:

It started with a call from a solo climber, who fell on the West Face Route.  He injured his lower back and didn’t feel he could make the overhanging rappels to the deck.  YOSAR swung into action early in the morning.

Thanks, as always, to Ansel Tom Evans for his reports from the Valley once again this season.

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John Long Injured In Gym Fall

Shit:

Climbing’s best-known author, pioneer and original Stonemaster, John Long was seriously injured on November 29 at the Rockreation climbing gym in Los Angeles when his bowline came untied and he fell feet to the floor, suffering a compound fracture to his lower left leg/ankle.

Before everyone starts decrying his use of a bowline — although there is certainly merit to the argument against using one — this is not the first instance I’ve heard recently where a climber decked from not finishing their knot, bowline or otherwise.  It bears repeating that no matter who you are and no matter how long you’ve been climbing, you can never double-check yourself and your partners enough before leaving the ground.

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Don’t Not Climb

Brendan Leonard on Semi-Rad:

You think you’re desensitized to violence because you’ve seen a million violent movies and TV shows,and then a young kid with his whole life ahead of him and all that smashes himself on a ledge three feet from you and you realize how scared you can really get.  If what I had seen had been on a movie screen, I would have hidden behind my hand.

Scary story.

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Brief News & Notes – 6/28/2010

Brief News & Notes – 6/28/2010

A few News & Notes from over the weekend…

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Accident At New River Gorge Offers Learning Experience

Accident At New River Gorge Offers Learning Experience

A tragic accident at the New River Gorge over the weekend offers a valuable learning experience

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