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Oct 9, 2011, 10:19 PM

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Horseshoe Canyon Ranch Accident
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(Edit: Read rosco22's post for some clarification to the details of this original post.)
Saturday Oct 8th at HCR in Arkansas, a woman fell from near the top of what route I believe was Earl's Revenge. From what I gathered, she was being guided by a HCR worker. I heard a scream and thought it was just someone taking a lead fall and then hear what sounded like a rock hitting the ground. I thought a big plate had pulled and then heard some commotion. I can't express how lucky she was to fall where she did because there were a lot of rocks protruding out of the ground yet missed them. Unconscious and groaning I know she was not conscious but was still breathing. She had NO helmet as she was toproping after the guide led the route but appeared to have no head trauma. I noted she was not tied in and only 1 strand was hanging from the anchors. Her harness was new and intact. The most obvious conclusion is a knot tying failure was the cause as the single figure 8 was intact at the anchors. I don't know if there was a backup knot that also failed. She became more aware and started trying to move. She had a completely broken forearm and most likely spinal cord damage as she could not move her feet on command. Other injuries remain unknown. After 2-3 hours of waiting she was carried on a body board to a helicopter and flown to the nearest trauma hospital.
I really hope that she makes a full recovery and has little complications. I have read incident reports before and never thought I would write one. It always seems to be the same message so I thought this could once again repeat it. Double check and back up everything that you can. Knots, Rapelling, and Communication. I was always under the assumption that the double fishermans backup knot wasn't really needed because I never screw up the double figure 8. But if I do, I doubt that I would screw up both knots in a row thus I should be safe. I will make sure from now on to keep using that damn knot that gets in the way when I am trying to clip, because I would rather blow a clip than take a grounder.
Lastly, I would like to hear how she is doing so if anyone know or hears anything, a post would be nice.

(This post was edited by dindolino32 on Oct 16, 2011, 8:52 AM)

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Post edited by dindolino32 () on Oct 16, 2011, 8:52 AM

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