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chosschick


Jun 13, 2013, 10:28 PM

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Re: [jp_sucks] Climber Falls 100ft at Skaha, BC
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I was there for this accident - I was one of the instructors for the high school group.

This was a simple communication error. The climber got to the top, and said "I'm good". The belayer took him off belay.

There are a few points I want to make:

#1: Top rope climbing should be taken seriously - I see so much slackness at the crag around top rope climbing, and there really is so much that can go wrong if simple rules arent followed. These people were doing the simplest form of climbing - no anchors needed to be cleaned, and all they had to do is lean back and lower off. Climbing is a language, and if someone is speaking climbing jibberish, call them on it. IT really is so simple and not to be altered.

#2: Carry plenty of rescue gear - We were so lucky to have SEVERAL first aid kits at the scene. My wilderness first aid kit was depleted very quickly, and we had to stabilize the inujred person for an hour. We were so lucky to have a bushsaw to construct a helipad by cutting down trees. We were fortunate that my co-instructor had a GPS to clock in our exact location. Know the location of stretchers at a crag. These are all things that aided in the prognosis of the injured person's chance of survival. Safety gear is SO very important, and so underestimated.


P.S. - The injured person's helmet was cracked. It likely saved his life.

This is not a lecture, but I'm simply passing on some information in hopes that these types of events can be prevented. And, if they do happen, how can we manage them better.

AS far as how the climber is doing now, I wish to respect his privacy about sharing the extent of his injuries.

I will say that I am SO amazed that he lived. What a miracle, and a relief. We were so lucky to have so many competent students there who were able to be brave, step up, and help. Simply amazing!

If you have any questions for the purpose of prevention please ask. I am not interested in debates though, thanks!


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