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Any information on this accident?

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An accident during a mountain climb in Kananaskis has claimed the life of a 27-year-old man.

The man and another climber were making their way up the northeast face of Windtower Mountain when the accident happened Sunday.

The other climber slung the unconscious man down onto a ledge about 15 meters below and did first aid before descending to the bottom of the mountain to call for help, Kananaskis RCMP Const. Kevin Misiwich said in news release.

On Monday morning, Kananaskis Emergency Rescue recovered the man who had died as a result of his injuries.


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That's about all I can find out so far. There is only one route that I know of on the NE face of Windtower.

It's a 12-13 pitch 5.10a that was done in the early 70's.
Although Windtower and Lougheed are notorious for being loose/chossy, this route runs up some of the better quality rock. I was on it years ago but all I remember about it was few loose sections and some really bad belays. We did spend a lot of time route finding as it wasn't all that obvious. If you managed to wander off route (especially to the right/SW) the grade would increase substantially.

http://www.netspy.net/...ing/fx/windtower.jpg

Gawd I hate hearing about these things, and feel terrible for his partner, family and friends. :cry:


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I could recall that I had two reports about this incident but I did not post it here and after I read it, I deleted both reports, I think partner fell pulled several protection out or some thing like that.


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27-year-old man dies during mountain climb in Kananaskis


CANMORE (CP) - The death of a 27-year-old mountain climber in Kananaskis Country triggered a dangerous operation to recover his body on the weekend.


Two climbers were making their way up the northeast face of Windtower Mountain when one of them was injured Sunday.


George Field, a public safety specialist in Kananaskis Country, said it appears the pair were about 150 metres from the summit - climbing up thin layers of rock - when the incident occurred.


''They were almost finished with the more serious aspect and that's where the accident happened,'' he said.


Police have been unable to figure out what caused it.


''He was injured while on the rock face, but it doesn't appear to be from a fall,'' said RCMP Sgt. Patrick Webb.


The Canmore man was an experienced climber and had been wearing a helmet at the time.


Immediately after the accident, the second climber got down to the unconscious man and gave him first aid before lowering him to a ledge about 15 metres below.


The climber then descended the mountain to make a call for help Sunday evening.


''It had taken him several hours to get off the mountain and down to the Spray Lake Road and get to the phone booth,'' Field said.


The rescue team had only 30 minutes of light left and could not immediately recover the body.


Due to the type of terrain and the steep incline, the crew had to use a 60-metre rope slung under the helicopter to recover the body, which was in an alcove.


''It was very extensive and time-consuming and quite dangerous because the terrain when it got easier was very shattered and the potential for rock fall on our rescuer was very high,'' said Field.


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By Pam Doyle
Wednesday July 19, 2006

Canmore Leader — A local climber perished on Windtower Mountain on Sunday night, according to Canmore RCMP.

Tom Brodribb, 27, from Canmore, was climbing with another man of similar age, also from Canmore, on Sunday. The two were ascending the 11th pitch of the northeast face of Windtower Mountain when the accident occurred, police say. Windtower, at 2,697 metres, is the peak closest to Mount Lougheed in Kananaskis Country.

Police would not say exactly what happened only that it was a climbing accident.

The man’s partner descended down to find Brodribb was injured and unconscious. He administered first aid to his partner and then lowered him to a ledge approximately 15 metres below the two. The man then made the solo descent to the bottom of the mountain and called 911 for emergency help. It took him several hours to get off of the mountain and down to the road to get to a phone, according to Public safety specialist George Field.

Field received the call for his expert rescue services at 9:30 p.m. on Sunday.

“Conservation officer Nick Dykshoorn and I went in to look for this individual (in a helicopter),” Field said. “We didn’t have much light left. We found him but we couldn’t have landed at the summit and made any difference that night. We went back to the RCMP and decided to organize a search first thing in the morning.”

Field flew over the accident scene with RCMP first thing on Monday morning and took investigative photographs, he said.

Alpine helicopters pilot Chris Robertson then flew a precise sling rescue mission with the rescue crew. Because of the potential for falling rock and the steepness of the mountain, the rescue was difficult, dangerous and time-consuming.

“We added 30 metres of rope to the regular 30 metre sling rope,” Field said. “Conservation officer Mike Koppang slung onto the steep rock (from the helicopter). It was steep and he was in an underhang. We couldn’t see him at first. He clipped the deceased to a (rescue basket) on the bottom of the rope and gathered up all of his gear.”

The helicopter flew them back to Wind Ridge where they landed, detached the sling rope and entered the helicopter. They were all flown back to Canmore. The climbing route is rated a 5-10A, with 570 metres in elevation, according to Dave Stark, head guide for Yamnuska Mountain Adventures.

“That’s a difficult route,” Stark said. “It’s 12 pitches and a lot of scrambling to the summit.”

Long time climber Louis-Julien Roy agreed.

“It does have a reputation of being challenging and the mountain is steep,” Roy said. “It’s been done and redone, but it’s not very popular. I think the route that they were on is called Iron Butterfly.”

Police said that they do not suspect foul play in the accident.


*NOTE:
The route they were on was not "Iron Butterfly".
Iron Butterfly is 425m, 5.11a, A4 (3-days)
Unrepeated.


According to an article in the Calgary Herald, the cause of death was not due to a fall, they are still trying to determine what happened to Tom Brodribb.


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I'm wondering if it was rock fall. All accounts have "descended down to him." Meaning that the climber who passed away must have been belaying. If this is the case, it illustrates the need for extreme caution when climbing in the Canadian Chossies. Loose rock can be a killer.


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Climber 'Lived Everyday to the Fullest'

Gwendolyn Richards
Calgary Herald


The final moments for an experienced Canmore climber scaling a local mountain were spent doing exactly what he loved, his father said Tuesday.
Tom Brodribb, 27 died Sunday while climbing the north-east face of Windtower Mountain with another climber..
Two days later, his family described him as a man with a passion for the outdoors and ascending mountains.
"He died doing what he loved", said his father Bob Brodribb. He lived a short life but lived every day to the fullest".
Brodribb grew up in St. Albert, the youngest of three kids.
Full of energy he lit up a room when he came into it, his father said Tuesday.
"He was one of a kind. This all came from him," he said. "It was in his blood."
Brodribb and another climber were about 150 meters from the summit of a long narrow mountain, climbing up thin layers of rock, when something went wrong on Sunday.
RCMP said the second climber got down to an unconscious Brodribb and gave him first aid before lowering him to a ledge about 15 meters below.
The climber then descended the mountain to make a call for help.
Brodribb's body has been taken to the medical examiner's office in Calgary to pinpoint the cause of death, but police said it doesn't appear he fell.
He was an experienced climber who took safety very seriously and was wearing a helmet at the time. The family added the death does not appear to be related to the climb.
RCMP said Tuesday the autopsy report was not yet available.
Brodribb leaves behind his wife, Christina, who shared his enthusiasm for the mountains.
Brodribbs funeral will be held on Friday at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Canmore. A celebration of his life will follow at the Brodribb house.


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All accounts have "descended down to him." Meaning that the climber who passed away must have been belaying.
If you are always belaying when you are below your partner, how do you join your partner at the next belay?


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This sounds like a heart attack or something. Probably an undiagnosed condition that flared at the exact wrong time.


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I agree it sounds like *something*, but I'm guessing that it was something other then a heart attack. Primarily because of his age and the fact that he was extremely active and involved in various outdoor pursuits.
I think if it was a heart condition he would have seen some indication prior to this day being that Tom was neither a couch potato or a weekend warrior.


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I’ve heard of a number of instances involving heart attacks with athletes who have been young (35 and under) and either at the top of their game/sport, or in the top percentile of their league (ie. Collage basketball as opposed to NBA). From what a couple of my Doctor friends have said, it appears that this type of Cardiac condition in younger active people occurs more frequently than the average person would like to think. As for the age, I have a good friend who had a heart attack at age 17, and has had angina many times since (sometimes severe). Although he isn’t a ripped hardcore athlete, he is very active, lives a healthy life, eats healthier than most people I know, and is in better shape than average. So, it does happen.

Back to the issue of the accident. From the information I have been able to gather it is sounding like there is more than a little confusion as to what happened. As good as I can tell/theorize it sounds like he was either belaying his partner up the 11th pitch or seconding it. I have heard nothing regarding rockfall having occurred or not. I have heard that the easy route to the left (NE Ridge Windtower ?) has some rockfall issues in a few areas, as does this route and the rest of the Rockies though. As of now, I don’t think there is enough info to add to any theory. Maybe the autopsy will reveal something.

My condolences to all involved, especially to the family and his partner who went for help. He did a heroic decent, I can’t imagine what he went through hiking out on his own. More than anyone should go through I would imagine.

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My condolences to all involved, especially to the family and his partner who went for help. He did a heroic decent, I can’t imagine what he went through hiking out on his own. More than anyone should go through I would imagine.

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I second that. I can't image what he went through, the base of the route is a long way from the highway, not to mention the 11 pitch descent.

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I have heard that the easy route to the left (NE Ridge Windtower ?) has some rockfall issues in a few areas, as does this route and the rest of the Rockies though. As of now, I don’t think there is enough info to add to any theory. Maybe the autopsy will reveal something.



I am pretty certain that the route they were on lies between the easier ridge (5.5) route and the overhanging very scary looking Iron Butterfly.
I've done a number of recon trips on the same face as Iron Butterfly.
I was impressed and in awe of this 1988 DeMaio - Marshall route. The over hanging wall is sustained basically to the top and any rockfall ends up way out on the scree slope below. This isn't the case however on the Northeast Face route which I suspect they were on. However it seems a mute point since rockfall was apparently not related to the incident.

To theorize even more.. I am assuming that he had no choice but to descend the 11 pitches to go for help. This had to be a frustrating proposition considering time was of the essence and the 5.5 N.E. Ridge lay a scant 50m pitch followed by some easy 4th class scrambling away. I am sure it went through his mind to solo or self belay that last pitch to the ridge The problem being that p-11 and p-12 are the probably the hardest pitches of the route, and definitely the most exposed.


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update 7/20/06

http://www.rockymountainoutlook.ca/portals-code/list.cgi?paper=128&cat=23&id=693616&more=

An autopsy conducted Monday showed “no sign of trauma, no heart attack, no blood clot, no spinal injury, no physical trauma on the body, no asphyxiation…

“It could have been an aneurysm or a heart defect that had never been picked up before, but it could take three months to figure out what happened,” the young woman said at her home in Canmore, surrounded by friends and family gathered from across Canada.

The 27-year-old climber was on the 10th pitch of the 12-pitch climb to the ridge on Windtower at about 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon when his climbing partner, on the 11th pitch, heard a soft grunt and felt the rope go taut. A few seconds later, he heard the sound of falling rocks and a second grunt and, looking down, saw his friend unconscious at the end of the rope.

The man managed to lower Brodribb to a ledge, where he performed artificial respiration until he realized it was futile. He climbed solo down the mountain and summoned help. In the fading light rescue crews were unable to effect a recovery, but went in early the next morning and helislung him out.

Brodribb, a geotechnical engineer with the Ekati diamond mines in the Northwest Territories, was a skilled, experienced climber who has explored many of the mountains in the Bow Valley, Christina Brodribb said.


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I'm really going to miss you Tom,

we'd had some good laughs bro


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