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Sep 10, 2011, 9:23 AM

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Re: [Magua] Climber Killed after fall in VA
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A little more information about this accident has come out. The NPS has ruled out foul play. (Since they TR anchor was at a popular overlook, it's possible that someone messed with their anchor. But they've ruled that out.)

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It was Sullivan's first outdoor rock climb, and he and his friends put plenty of appropriate gear in place, Stinnett says, including one-inch tubular rope. What they didn't have, however, was a proper connection to an anchor point.

"He was climbing, and he put his weight on the system,' says [Park Ranger] Stinnett. 'They hadn't put a carbiner on one end, and it failed."

Unfortunately it's still not very clear what happened. Earlier articles said that the fatal climb was the sixth climb on that anchor that day. If it lacked "a proper connection to an anchor point," I'm not sure how it worked for the first five climbs.

My best guess at what the ranger is getting at is that they were top-roping directly through webbing. If this is the case, I'm a bit surprised that the system didn't fail earlier in the day.

Anyway, condolences to the victim and his friends and family. Perhaps a more detailed report will come out soon.

[Edited to make the link clickable.]

(This post was edited by rohr on Sep 10, 2011, 9:26 AM)

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