Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Ice Climbing Accident

Quite a video of two guys climbing in Wyoming. One of them triggers an avalanche carrying him about 200 feet down the mountain. He’s unhurt. His friend below him is hit by a 10 foot wall of snow and breaks his ankle. Then they have to rappel down the mountain and hop, drag and crawl themselves about two miles to the highway. At about 5 minutes, look at what the forces from the fall did to their rope.

f you’re a medical professional – Jen – you will love the footage starting at about 13 minutes. If you don’t like shattered bones and bloody holes in legs, don’t watch past 13 minutes.

Several lessons, it seems to me:

  • Climb with someone else
  • Stay close to the car
  • Don’t go outside in the winter

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