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Death on El Cap today
Drake
21/05/2013
11:38:55 AM
Near the top of the Muir wall, a leader dislodged a flake, which severed the lead rope. The leader fell to the end of his haul line and died, presumably from hitting a ledge or the wall, although a 200 ft fall onto a static haul line could be fatal as well.

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Rock-climber-dies-in-freak-fall-from-El-Capitan-4532604.php
technogeekery
21/05/2013
12:26:13 PM
Nasty. Sounds like he had a cam behind a flake, and had to either aid or climb over the flake, which pulled & cut his rope. So many times you have to make that call - will the flake / block / whatever hold my weight / take the gear, or will it pop - with very little to base your decision on, really.

Sorry to hear this.

miguel75
21/05/2013
2:12:21 PM
Poor bloke. Thoughts & prayers for his family, rescuers and partner.
Drake
21/05/2013
2:18:21 PM
Update from Tom Evans, who watched the rescue operations from El Cap meadow and interviewed the surviving member of the team.

http://www.elcapreport.com/content/elcap-report-52013

The leader fell >200 feet onto a static line attached to a chest harness (shudder). Tom suggests that a dynamic haul line could have given him a chance to survive. Thoughts and condolences to all involved.
technogeekery
21/05/2013
6:45:07 PM
Horrible twist to this, his brother died a few years ago, climbing accident. Some pretty long odds coming home there. Awful.

Pat
22/05/2013
6:37:00 PM
On 21/05/2013 Drake wrote:
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>
>The leader fell >200 feet onto a static line attached to a chest harness
>(shudder).

Drake - the elcap report clearly says that the static was attached to his waist and the dynamic tag line was at his chest. Still a shudder.


>Tom suggests that a dynamic haul line could have given him a
>chance to survive. Thoughts and condolences to all involved.

IdratherbeclimbingM9
22/05/2013
9:02:02 PM
On 21/05/2013 miguel75 wrote:
>Poor bloke. Thoughts & prayers for his family, rescuers and partner.

+1.
Drake
22/05/2013
11:31:24 PM
Pat- yep you're certainly correct, and I had it wrong. I was a bit shaken by this incident, and I must not have been reading or processing clearly.

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