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FastEddie


Apr 8, 2014, 8:02 AM
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Sandstone Anchor Blows - Saved by Helmet
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A Colorado climber at Lake Powell Utah fell when an anchor failed. The blown anchor dislodged some rock which cracked him in the head. He's reported to be in intensive care, but the helmet saved his life.

Any additional info would be helpful like:
- was he soloing?
- was it a gear placement that blew or a bolt?
- how much force caused the anchor to fail?

News Report: http://www.ksl.com/...ay&s_cid=queue-1


marc801


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FastEddie wrote:
A Colorado climber at Lake Powell Utah fell when an anchor failed. The blown anchor dislodged some rock which cracked him in the head. He's reported to be in intensive care, but the helmet saved his life.

Any additional info would be helpful like:
- was he soloing?
- was it a gear placement that blew or a bolt?
- how much force caused the anchor to fail?

News Report: http://www.ksl.com/...ay&s_cid=queue-1

It's a typical news report of a climbing accident - scant on actual info and probable incorrect use of climbing terms; eg: it's probably not an anchor that blew and he was likely soloing since there's mention of friends watching from below but no mention of a partner. Regarding the other two questions, we'll probably never know those answers unless the injured climber comes forth with his story.

KSL wrote:
Two hours later, the man was more than 500 feet up the cliff when an anchor in the rock failed, causing him to drop about 30 feet. His fall was stopped by a rope attached to his previous anchor, leaving him hanging on the cliff by his harness, according to the sheriff's office.

A large slab of sandstone broke loose when the first anchor came free, falling and hitting the climber in the head, severely injuring him, according to a Kane County Emergency Services news release. Officials say the man's helmet likely saved his life.

The man's friends, who were watching from a boat below, had to leave to find an area with cellphone coverage before calling Glen Canyon Dispatch.
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The man remained in an intensive care unit Sunday but is expected to recover. He is considered an "expert climber," and had completed previous climbs on the same butte that week, according to Kane County officials.

On this page: http://fredsliquorstore.com/lastchance.html is a photo diagram of that area of the lake. Gregory Butte is accessible only by boat.


(This post was edited by marc801 on Apr 8, 2014, 9:28 AM)


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