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majid_sabet


Sep 4, 2014, 11:28 AM
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Rappelling fatality Skaha Bluffs
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Regional coroner Larry Marzinzik said Gray was rappelling down during his third climb of the day when he fell eight metres.

http://www.theprovince.com/.../10168363/story.html


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Here is an eye-witness account which sheds a bit more light (from cascadeclimbers.com).

"Yesterday around 3 pm a guy had a rap accident in Corridor at Skaha. I was there immediately along with 2 local climbers who were nurses. He had one strand of rope through his ATC and the other end was going up to the anchors. It appears he clipped only one strand of his rope into his ATC when rapping instead of 2 and so fell about 70 feet.


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amarius


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More information on MountainProject

Also at CascadeClimbers


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What a tragic event! The witness's account of the event reminds me of how horrible it is to see something like this happen. Lately I've been just doing my best to ignore people being unsafe, but this reminds me why I should always say something!

Not that anyone could have prevented this, but it reminds me of some questionable practices I witnessed recently that I'm lucky didn't result in a similar tragedy. I should have said something.


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majid_sabet


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I probably posted over 30+ number of fatality reports associated with rappelling accident alone on this site I just do not get it on why both experienced and inexperience climbers don't create a mental check list and check every thing before they rap down the cliff.

its not that hard

just physically take one hand, go over every item: from anchor down to harness to looking at the end of the line one by one double checking , put your weight on the rap system and test your system and only then remove the life link from the anchor and rap down.

rechecking the rap system before you let go is not an option

its mandatory


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Just to clarify, there seem to be conflicting reports on what happened and the results of the accident. I knew Stas, and had many friends who have climbed with him extensively. he was a solid 5.12 climber with years of experience. Only 1 rope being in the device could indicate he clipped 1 strand, or he rapped on the end of one strand. Its more likely he didn't have 1 end on the ground and rapped off an end and fell ~30ft as one of the reports stated. Its been a really sad time for a lot of people in the PNW.


skelldify


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I hate, HATE, when people say this: "he was a solid 5.12 climber with years of experience"

Climbing grade is COMPLETELY irrelevant, as is how many years of experience the climber has.


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So sorry to hear of another.

Sincere condolences to all his family and friends.


Close up the system, talk and check everything out with each other.
Teamwork up, teamwork down.


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