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Climber Dies at Poke-O-Moonshine, Adirondacks, NY

Submitted by tallnik on 2007-10-10

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by Kim Smith Dedam

A tragic fall claimed the life of an experienced technical rock climber on Sunday. Dennis Luther, of Morrisonville, fell about 200-feet to his death from a route up Poke-O-Moonshine, Adirondacks, NY, at about 2:30 p.m. on October 8.

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This is very unfortunate, a great loss for many. My boss told me about the accident after getting back from climbing this past weekend. My job is right down the street from Poko and I climb there a lot. If anyone has any details we can learn from I would like to know them.
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apparently climber was rapping near nerousis. Not clear as to what happened.
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Another rappel accident? We must be so careful throughout the process. My condolences to all who know and loved Dennis.
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Sorry to hear this. Condolences to his family. Climbed many times there. Ditto on oldsalts comment.
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Judging simply by the distance he fell, I'm guessing he might have rapped off the ends of his rope. The cliff is about 400 ft. tall. Very sad how many accidents occur when rappelling.
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Very sad. I'm always neurotic on rapell, I figure it's easy to make a mistake on decent than on ascent, and unfortunately decent mistakes are usually tragic. Anytime something like this happens it should be a wakeup call to us all.
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Tie your safty knots and always use some sort of redundancy, like an auto bloc.

My condolences to the friends, family, loved ones, and unfortunate spectators.

I think we all need to make sure we look out for other climbers too, regardless if you know them. I try to always teach safer techniques to random people i run into. If every climber watched out for others in crossing, I feel a lot of people will climb safer. Even if I am a hundred feet to the side of someone I always try to yell out to help others improve thier safty. (like tying safty knots of rap) The more people looking at others riggings/sytems the safer everyone would climb. We can't save everyone from injury/death in climbing but we can make a diffference, even if it ruffles some gym hero's ego or rubs an experienced climber the wrong way. (for some reason climbers who "know everything" don't appeciate some random person watching out for their safety regardless if they already know the advice I offer)

Lastly, I feel that everyone has a resposibilty to everyone to know propper rescue techniques and first-aid training, if you do not have this knoledge and climb alot, you might want to at least read up on it a bit or take a course or 2.

Once again my thought go out the climber and all who were associated with this tragic event. RIP

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