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Blackheath fall

7:08:20 PM
Just saw this on

Hope everyone involved is ok.

Helicopter rescue for Blackheath climber
April 28, 2013 6:46PM
A MAN who fell 15 metres while climbing in the NSW Blue Mountains has been airlifted to hospital with head and suspected internal injuries.

The rock climber, thought to be an Austrian national aged in his twenties, fell while climbing at Blackheath at about 1.15pm (AEST) on Sunday.

Police have been told the man was climbing with a group of friends.

A helicopter crew winched the man out of Centennial Glen shortly before 3pm and took him to Westmead Hospital with suspected head and internal injuries.

His condition is unknown.
9:05:20 PM
I was there, belaying my son on pompadour when this occurred.

he was descending from good fortune the rightmost 17 on the grey slab. It appeared his descent got out of control and he fell about 10m to the belay ledge. There were several people who helped him, called 000 & looked after him until the ambulance folks turned up...about 20 minutes after they were called. the chopper arrived soon after, as did the police rescue, more ambulance men. We all kept clear under pallets overhang. The chopper came back & winched him out soon after. We thought it was a particularly well conducted rescue, no chopped down trees, no fuss and on a windy day too.

It did not appear that he had life threatening injuries but he was in a lot of pain.
his partner was being counselled by other climbers in the group.
we hope he rec overs quickly and is not too
phased by the incident

12:43:12 PM
Any idea how his descent got out of control?

Glad to hear that he should be okay though.
11:23:09 AM
Hey guys I'm fine. Still in the hospital but it's looking good. Two cracked rips, little crack in liver and kidney, but it's all healing well.
So that was a little update about me. See you next time at the wall.

11:52:37 AM
On 30/04/2013 maxtremist wrote:
>Hey guys I'm fine. Still in the hospital but it's looking good. Two cracked
>rips, little crack in liver and kidney, but it's all healing well.
>So that was a little update about me. See you next time at the wall.

Glad to hear you're ok. Look after yourself and if there's anything you would feel comfortable sharing as to what may have contributed to your accident please post your thoughts.
3:35:19 PM
Did you have a back up prussick? And if so would you please be able to describe how you had it? Thanks
One Day Hero
4:17:26 PM
On 30/04/2013 el_crimpo wrote:
>Did you have a back up prussick? And if so would you please be able to
>describe how you had it? Thanks

Wtf? Some people don't seem to understand how sport climbing works.
7:00:48 PM
let me explain it ;
you put a prussic on the belayer's finger to remind them to belay. Indispensable!
7:06:02 PM
We are extremely pleased to hear you are doing well.

It was a dramatic thiump! Your companions who got to you straightaway did a great job.

Best wishes, John C
7:17:44 PM
Dont know the climb, just assumed he was abseiling.
7:20:10 PM
That was the fastest i've ever run from Porters to the Shipley Upper, when my friend phoned me. Glad to hear you're injuries werent too severe given the circumstances. Wishing you a speedy recovery

7:29:30 PM
Hey max - good to hear you are alive & kicking - and who doesn't have a few cracks in their livers? Best wishes for a speedy recovery
6:23:33 AM
Well, here is the whole story, from my perspective, as far as I was able to reproduce and get all the bits and pieces together:
To start with, we have been climbing together for 13 years and this was our first accident. We are normally quite good in communicating via sign language and knowing and interpreting what the other one is doing. It was windy on top and there were many people at the bottom which makes verbal communication sometimes tricky so we didn't try to talk but used sign language.
Fact is that somehow we misunderstood each other.
I can’t explain exactly what happened, because there were all these small little things that must have gone wrong. My partner grabbed a carabiner on the harness (instead of just quickdraws as before) which I interpreted as using his sling to secure himself. His posture looked like sitting in the harness secured to the anchor (at least what I remember now), and he gave me an ‘ok’ with a free hand (the same way that I confirmed before that I was safe).
It all doesn’t make sense now, because he always went up a route first and I cleaned it afterwards and I should have had second thoughts.
Fact is, I was absolutely convinced that he was safe and tied to the anchor point, so I gave out some rope. He was convinced that I had taken in the rope and I belay him to the bottom (probably because of friction and/or rope weight).
Due to the slack rope and I being prepared for giving out rope, but not at all for stopping a fall, it took me a while to realize what’s going on (at least it feels now that it took me forever). I was able to stop the fall on time before he reached the ground, but he hit the rock on the way down.
I only realized that he had not been tied to the anchor when I checked his harness and found the sling that he uses for securing himself and the corresponding carabiner still clipped to the harness.
This is how I experienced it - I write this here not in self-defence but as an attempt to process what actually happened. We probably got so used to each other and work so automatically, that somehow we forgot to discuss our way of communication recently.

I want to thank here all the people who were present and everyone who helped getting him from the rope to the hospital. The rescue chain and the surrounding support were very impressive.

Ps: together with our climbing equipment, I received a black jacket that is not ours. If anyone of the people who where there is missing it please let me know.

8:29:37 AM
M. Thanks for putting down your recollections of the incident.
9:20:00 AM
We aren't perfect robots, things are going to go wrong sometimes. Be glad it wasn't bad.

11:22:51 AM
Recently went climbing in windy conditions. Adds to the atmosphere but increases the danger and possibility of misunderstanding

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