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Australians on Denali

BigMike
15/06/2009
11:17:44 AM
http://www.smh.com.au/world/stopped-in-their-tracks-sickness-halts-aussie-adventurers-20090615-c7t8.html

Sabu
15/06/2009
11:54:42 AM
Bad luck but it seems they made the right decision at the right time. Well done to them for
having the guts to do that knowing how close they were.

nmonteith
15/06/2009
12:51:20 PM
I love how mainstream news reports always say 'only 550m' from the summit - which implies that they only had to walk half a kilometre and they would have made it - rather than the more accurate 550m of VERTICAL gain they needed to make the summit, which is a lot further!

IdratherbeclimbingM9
15/06/2009
1:52:42 PM
I agree with that nm.
~> and to add further context ... the next hold need only be out of reach to cause one to fall off when in extremis!


(Yeah, yeah. I know it may sound like trivialising mountaineering by using a rock climbing metaphor; but the same principle applies).

nmonteith
15/06/2009
2:30:52 PM
I almost climbed a grade 30 at Shipley on the weekend - but i had to turn around 30m before the top.

IdratherbeclimbingM9
15/06/2009
2:32:51 PM
31 metre route?
heh, heh, heh.




~> I do similar quite often myself but have not had to resort to bottled oxygen* yet ...





(*though have found bottled scotch to sometimes help the recovery process).

ajfclark
15/06/2009
3:03:23 PM
On 15/06/2009 IdratherbeclimbingM9 wrote:
>(*though have found bottled scotch to sometimes help the recovery process).

Fixed that for you. ;-)

IdratherbeclimbingM9
15/06/2009
4:08:40 PM
Thanks!
(saidsuppressinganalcoholicbelch!)
... have now got the hehcups ~> HehHeh!HehHeh!HehHeh!HehHeh!HehHeh!HehHeh!


From the link ...

>
He was getting quite vague and a bit emotional


... They'd fit right in on this Forum?

>
The expedition still fulfilled its major objectives, which included the pair learning as much as they could about high altitudes and climbing


... Could have saved themselves the pain by simply coming here first, ... or getting ES to google it for them?
Hx3
hipster
15/06/2009
6:13:56 PM
On 15/06/2009 nmonteith wrote:
>I almost climbed a grade 30 at Shipley on the weekend - but i had to turn
>around 30m before the top.

There's no 30 at Shipley! Must've been an FA...
Owen D
16/06/2009
9:31:08 AM
any idea why a couple of punters failing on the west butt, aka the 'dog run', constitutes national news? i reckon someone must have been shagging someone at the smh for that story to be run
dmnz
16/06/2009
9:40:58 AM
On 16/06/2009 Owen D wrote:
>any idea why a couple of punters failing on the west butt, aka the 'dog
>run', constitutes national news? i reckon someone must have been shagging
>someone at the smh for that story to be run

although i know them i agree-it is not newsworthy in the slightest. with their abilities they shouldn't even be sled hauling on that route.

it's mainly because of the rescue that took place a few days ago but more so because of james' growing profile i'd say


tnd
16/06/2009
9:57:18 AM
One of the climbers has media connections - he has made TV appearances. And the "story" consisted of quoting and paraphrasing the climber's blog. Real Pulitzer Prize winning stuff.

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