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Victorian rock climber dead - SthAust cliff plunge
Con
24/04/2014
9:19:13 PM
http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/victorian-rock-climber-dead-after-sa-cliff-plunge-20140424-zqz2y.html

The Age - April 24, 2014 - 8:19PM

A Victorian man is dead after plummeting 50 metres from a cliff face in South Australia's Flinders Ranges.

The man was rock climbing with a group of friends before he fell to his death on Thursday, shortly after 3.30pm.

Police, paramedics and State Emergency Service crews raced to the popular climbing area at Upalinna, about 40 kilometres north of Hawker, but they could not revive the man.

"The man was with rock-climbing companions at a well-known location on the south-eastern corner of Wilpena Pound, when he fell about 50 metres onto a ledge," a South Australian police spokesman said.

His body will be retrieved at first light on Friday and police will prepare a report for the Coroner.


[Moderator edit 28/05/2014: Link to the "further information (thread), for the benefit of the climbing community and to help prevent future accidents".
http://www.chockstone.org/Forum/Forum.asp?Action=DisplayTopic&ForumID=5&MessageID=11754&Replies=1#NewPost ]
kieranl
24/04/2014
9:26:11 PM
Awful news.
crm114
24/04/2014
9:46:52 PM
Terrible news. My thoughts are with the climbers friends and family.
simey
24/04/2014
10:38:19 PM
Tragic news. I assume it was at Moonarie. Thoughts are with all the climbers who are camped out there together.

Sabu
24/04/2014
11:54:49 PM
Seriously awful news. Thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends.

freesolo
25/04/2014
1:47:54 AM
not knowing any more details about what happened and conscious of the impact this tragedy has on family and friends, i always found climbing at moonaire a few grades up on the seriousness factor because of how difficult it would be to get medical assistance, and downgraded my climbing ambitions a fair bit. i hope the other climbers who are there support each other, take that extra bit of effort to check each other, and that the upcoming online 'review' of what happened is as positive as possible considering the circumstances.

IdratherbeclimbingM9
25/04/2014
8:03:56 AM
I am really sorry to hear of this, and my condolences go to the bereaved.
This kind of news hits hard.
We really are a small community when it comes to it...





Cross reference to a second link* from the other locked thread on this topic.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-04-24/rock-climber-dies-after-fall-at-flinders-ranges/5410416?section=sa
(*Thanks stugang.)


Post edit 3.30 pm;
Found another (more recent) link, though it does not contain much further information.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-04-24/rock-climber-dies-after-fall-at-flinders-ranges/5410416
patto
25/04/2014
8:53:24 AM
50m plunge, 3:30 in the afternoon.... Sounds like an abseiling accident, the Great Wall is 50m high..

ajfclark
25/04/2014
9:20:51 AM
As always, the media will be reading this. Can we please keep all speculation out of the thread?
kieranl
25/04/2014
9:44:37 AM
On 25/04/2014 ajfclark wrote:
>As always, the media will be reading this. Can we please keep all speculation out of the thread?

And relatives/friends of the climber. Please be respectful.

Miguel75
25/04/2014
11:33:06 AM
As Kieran and Andrew have mentioned please be mindful of speculation around the incident. Details will be shared when appropriate.
rockwalker
25/04/2014
7:16:14 PM
condolences with friends and family

nmonteith
25/04/2014
7:42:34 PM
Even worse - he was a member of this forum, and a regular poster. Sad times.
jgoding
25/04/2014
7:43:47 PM
I heard it was an abseiling accident on the great wall from some climbers that were there. Very sad news. Our thoughts are with the family and friends.

stugang
26/04/2014
7:53:00 AM
The abc links below now have a short video where police officer essentially says "lost his footing above Great Wall"

A real tragedy - I could be wrong but I believe this is the first fatality at Moonarie.


On 25/04/2014 IdratherbeclimbingM9 wrote:
>I am really sorry to hear of this, and my condolences go to the bereaved.
>This kind of news hits hard.
>We really are a small community when it comes to it...
>
>
>
>
>
>Cross reference to a second link* from the other locked thread on this
>topic.
>http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-04-24/rock-climber-dies-after-fall-at-flinders-ranges/5410416?section=sa
>(*Thanks stugang.)
>
>
>Post edit 3.30 pm;
>Found another (more recent) link, though it does not contain much further
>information.
>http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-04-24/rock-climber-dies-after-fall-at-flinders-ranges/5410416
>
climbingjac
26/04/2014
9:05:07 PM
I noticed in the video they mentioned the climber's friends took the initiative of ferrying water to the rescue crews. Moonarie is well known for the uphill battle of a walkin (I have never been there, but I hear it's a mission of a walk). Good on you guys for supporting the rescue crews, this would have made a huge difference to a rough day on the job for them.

ajfclark
28/04/2014
11:46:47 AM
Someone involved asked me to post this on her behalf:
Id like to offer a heartfelt thankyou to the group of climbers who came to our aid on the day. They really went above and beyond. Even after the incident, they went out of their way to feed and look after my whole group and to assist the rescue crew as much as they could. I am so grateful to have had such generous people nearby in such a tragic situation.

shortman
28/04/2014
11:53:41 AM
On 28/04/2014 ajfclark wrote:
>Someone involved asked me to post this on her behalf:
>Id like
>to offer a heartfelt thankyou to the group of climbers who came to our
>aid on the day. They really went above and beyond. Even after the incident,
>they went out of their way to feed and look after my whole group and to
>assist the rescue crew as much as they could. I am so grateful to have
>had such generous people nearby in such a tragic situation.

X 2

Well done One Day Hero and friends.
Paul
28/04/2014
8:00:54 PM
Terrible news. I feel those involved, my thoughts go out to their friends and families.
rockwalker
29/04/2014
1:39:02 PM
has his name been released yet? I'd like to know if I knew him.

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