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brokesomeribs


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Steve House takes an 80 footer on Mt. Temple
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I saw this on Steve House's facebook page yesterday...

""The rumors are true. I pitched off of the Greenwood-Locke route on the north face of Mt. Temple. I went for a memorable 80-footer. Got rescued by the most-excellent canadian warden service. Injury list: 5 broken ribs, 2 broken in 2 places, collapsed rt lung, 2 minor fractures in my pelvis, and five minor fractures of various bits of my spine. Sounds worse than it is. 100% stable."


Sending well wishes your way Steve!


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Sending well wishes too. Lucky after that to be typing.


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brokesomeribs wrote:
I saw this on Steve House's facebook page yesterday...

""The rumors are true. I pitched off of the Greenwood-Locke route on the north face of Mt. Temple. I went for a memorable 80-footer. Got rescued by the most-excellent canadian warden service. Injury list: 5 broken ribs, 2 broken in 2 places, collapsed rt lung, 2 minor fractures in my pelvis, and five minor fractures of various bits of my spine. Sounds worse than it is. 100% stable."


Sending well wishes your way Steve!

Yesterday? You mean April 1, right?


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shoo wrote:
brokesomeribs wrote:
I saw this on Steve House's facebook page yesterday...

""The rumors are true. I pitched off of the Greenwood-Locke route on the north face of Mt. Temple. I went for a memorable 80-footer. Got rescued by the most-excellent canadian warden service. Injury list: 5 broken ribs, 2 broken in 2 places, collapsed rt lung, 2 minor fractures in my pelvis, and five minor fractures of various bits of my spine. Sounds worse than it is. 100% stable."


Sending well wishes your way Steve!

Yesterday? You mean April 1, right?

He fell in late march.... the 26th or 27th I think. He was only out of the hospital on the 1st.

EDIT: Cheesetitted quotes.


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Unfortunately it's true. Late March the House took both flying and impact lessons.


Wishing a speedy recovery.


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Talk about rockin the house, ouch.

Hope all heals well.


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"The House always wins."


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phillygoat wrote:
"The House always wins."

At least it's not lupus.


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styndall wrote:
phillygoat wrote:
"The House always wins."

At least it's not lupus.

It's never Lupus, but sometimes saroidosis.

Please let the awful puns stop now.


cal32


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"
As I fell, I was relaxed at first. A flake had broken, not all that unexpected considering the incredibly bad rock quality on Mount Temple. Then the gear started pinging out of the partially decomposed limestone. One...two....three....four....the fifth piece, a large cam in a solid, but flaring, pocket of rock almost held me. But it too ripped as the rope started to slow my descent. The sudden jolting free-fall flipped me upside down and I crashed my right side into something hard, something painful and was spun around again when I finally came to a stop half-sideways eighty feet lower than where Id started. I was on on a sloping snow ledge with Bruce just twenty-five feet to my right. What probably held me was a groove in a snow-mushroom that Id stamped out with a boot. Old-school terrain belay saves the day.
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http://www.stevehouse.net/...ff_Mount_Temple.html

Ouch anyone know what a snow-mushroom is and how he used it for pro?? I thought he might mean a snow bollard but I don't how you could use that as anything other than anchor.

Thoughts on why the gear pinged, just decomposed limestone as he mentions, it never was any good? Once the first piece pinged, there was that much more pull on the remaining I guess and it was over, I wonder if he knew the gear was that unreliable.

Best wishes to Mr House, glad he came out more or less okay.


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"Time will reveal what opportunities this will bring."

Wow - great spirit.

Read the blog if you have not. The clarity (edit: sterility?) of the described fall is a little misleading of the gravity of the accident.

Bill


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billl7 wrote:
"Time will reveal what opportunities this will bring."

Wow - great spirit.

no doubt


billl7


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cal32 wrote:
anyone know what a snow-mushroom is and how he used it for pro??
Here's a picture of what someone describes as a snow mushroom
Must be some sort of technical description somewhere.

As to the "terrain" pro, dry humor is my guess. Maybe the stamped out portion held him from falling off to hang in his harness, rather than being able to just lie in a state that made it as easy as possible to breath.

[nope: correct explanation of terrain pro is below]


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Terrain-pro is just that, routing the rope into the terrain such that it will hold a fall. Examples include weaving around pillars/aretes, placing the rope in a natural notch, or in this case, stomping a slot into a cap of snow and running the rope into the notch, hoping that the rope will stay in the notch during a fall and catch.


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Did someone just seriously ask what a snow mushroom is, or were they being facetious? That picture referenced doesn't look like a snow mushroom, it's a cornice.

A snow mushroom is similar to a cornice in that it is snow that collects and builds up due to spindrift and wind loading. What makes them diferent is where they form. Cornices generally from on the lee side of ridges, whereas snow mushrooms form in wierd places, like underneath overhangs, in rock corners, on a blank face, etc. Like cornices, they tend to cut loose during periods of warmer weather, making some routes quite dangerous when they have snow mushrooms on them. The summit of Cerro Torre is a classic persistent snow mushroom that is actually the buildup of rime ice.

It sounds like steve landed on one of these to break his fall.


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