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A little reminder for the weekend
Lee C
27/03/2009
5:00:14 PM
A good friend was airlifted out of Taipan today after tripping over and off the ledge that you walk up to get
to Mr Joshua. Very fortunately it looks like just some bad bruising.

Worth remembering how dangerous it is accessing routes sometimes.

nmonteith
27/03/2009
5:43:41 PM
This was inevitable. What scares the crap out of me is watching my friends do the 'scramble' access from Mr Josh up to Venom. It's an overhung mantle (gr12?) using slippery feet and fragile crimpers (or handjams) - all that with a 15m drop to rock below. Take care people! (and spend an extra minute tying and and being belayed). Wade Stevens was killed several years ago when he (presumably) tripped and fell off the top of a cliff in the Grampians by himself. Even last weekend i managed to fall off a 5m upper cliff in the Bluies when i overbalanced trying to kick off a deadtree that was blocking the scramble down to the main cliff edge. Suddenly i was airbourne and falling, rolling - and wondering where the fck the edge of the 200m cliff was i was rolling towards. Luckily nature positioned a few bushes which stopped me going all the way - offfffffffff.....
one day hero
27/03/2009
6:06:53 PM
What's that word again, neil?......

Seriously though, I'm amazed anyone could take that swan dive and get away with bruising. Would have thought they'd be in at least three bits. Very tough/lucky individual, I think

evanbb
27/03/2009
8:25:05 PM
Yeah, there's a few places I've climbed, which completely escape me at the moment, where the status quo access is totally dodgy. I wonder if there are similar stats for climbers as there are for drivers; that XX% of accidents happen close to home, I wonder what percent are on the access or exit walk.

Fortunately I'll be bouldering tomorrow, so nothing can go wrong.
Amanda
27/03/2009
10:31:17 PM
Please tell me you "touched wood"
AndyRicho
27/03/2009
10:39:30 PM
Yeah nasty place to tumble from. Must be one tough cookie, a lesser cookie would of crumbled

pmonks
28/03/2009
4:19:48 AM
I seem to recall Kevin Westren taking a tumble a few years back at piddo on one of those dicky little step acrosses. From memory it resulted in a long tumble down the scree below and a couple of broken bones.

Definitely worth taking your time once you're done with the "dangerous" stuff!

JimboV10
28/03/2009
10:15:30 AM
On 27/03/2009 evanbb wrote:
>Yeah, there's a few places I've climbed, which completely escape me at
>the moment, where the status quo access is totally dodgy. I wonder if there
>are similar stats for climbers as there are for drivers; that XX% of accidents
>happen close to home, I wonder what percent are on the access or exit walk.
>
>Fortunately I'll be bouldering tomorrow, so nothing can go wrong.

Just as long as you dont go to "Between the Sheeps"... Spent a day bouldering there and almost ate some major shit walking out! I was walking past a mate, who turned (with a pack on) when I was moving past.. Cartwheeled off and ended up half way down that slab!!! Thank god for crimp strength and strong toes!

IdratherbeclimbingM9
28/03/2009
11:27:44 AM
A good reminder, and always timely.
Thanks for posting it Lee.

Dodgy access and safety.
Hmm.

From my climbing experience the issue has been around 'forever'.
In my fossilised memory I can still hear the words of one of my early mentors to roped climbing in the mid 1960's telling me after I seconded him on The Mantleshelf, located on the 1st Sister at Katoomba ...
"Be careful on the way out, more climbers have hurt themselves on the stairs leading to/from the climb than on the climb itself!"

... Since then I have managed to scare myself spitless on a number of occasions accessing climbs in less formal settings; ... though (as an aside), I note in more recent times that places like the Warrumbungles now have more stairs than they used to!
:P

Hope your friend recovers fully, sooner rather than later.



Hey evanbb. Shouldn't that be ...
>nothing can go wrogn
?
Hehx3
Amanda
29/03/2009
3:46:03 PM
Our friend has just been discharged from Hospital, walking away without a broken bone (shoulder a bit
busted but not broken, jaw fractured)...miracles do happen!

phil_nev
29/03/2009
5:11:58 PM
Thats fantastic news amanda!!

IdratherbeclimbingM9
30/03/2009
10:53:26 AM
Amanda wrote;
>Our friend has just been discharged from Hospital, walking away without a broken bone (shoulder a bit busted but not broken, jaw fractured)...miracles do happen!

Fractured is not broken?
... still sounds like a very lucky individual to me.

The event could still be worth mentioning on the Australian Accident Register* as a near miss?, as it seems the outcome could have been a lot worse.

[*The Australian Accident Register website records accurate details of accidents and serious near misses in the outdoors and adventure community.]

manacubus
1/04/2009
4:47:44 PM
That would have been gut wrenching to witness. Very glad to hear they're okay. Makes me think about how casual I am sometimes with scrambling and easy soloing to access things - something I've done a lot of just recently due to the location of a project.
one day hero
1/04/2009
4:58:04 PM
........No one else seems interested, so I'll have to finish the quote myself (sigh)

INEVITABABLE, GODDAMNIT!! Open your f---ing ears!
kieranl
4/04/2009
2:48:59 PM
A bump for this message. A lad got injured last night falling from the traverse on Orestes and slamming back into the corner. Luckily only appears to have sustained a bad cut to the head. That's three accidents in the last week around here. Be careful out there.

IdratherbeclimbingM9
6/04/2009
1:34:08 PM
On 1/04/2009 one day hero wrote:
>INEVITABABLE

... or INEVITABLE:

?

–adjective
1. unable to be avoided, evaded, or escaped; certain; necessary: an inevitable conclusion.

2. sure to occur, happen, or come; unalterable: The inevitable end of human life is death.

–noun
3. that which is unavoidable
... (particularly on Chockstone! ~ heh, heh, heh.).


mankrambler
12/04/2009
9:57:02 PM
thinking of inevitable, reminded me of Ali's at araps. Someone will die on this pollished classic again soon. I was more concerned on this than on missing link wiggling in those little rp's. tough guys fly past, looking at me disapprovingly as I'm going too slow. the problem with Ali's is that it is easy enough to induce complacency, but steep enough to mess you up. Its worth knowing that there is a rap next to the worst bit.

gordoste
14/04/2009
9:01:20 PM
It does seem like a recipe for disaster.

Sabu
14/04/2009
9:38:38 PM
On 12/04/2009 mankrambler wrote:
>thinking of inevitable, reminded me of Ali's at araps. Someone will die
>on this pollished classic again soon. I was more concerned on this than
>on missing link wiggling in those little rp's. tough guys fly past, looking
>at me disapprovingly as I'm going too slow. the problem with Ali's is that
>it is easy enough to induce complacency, but steep enough to mess you up.
>Its worth knowing that there is a rap next to the worst bit.

Does no one clip into the chains these days? Thats what i've always done. A sling and
a biner is all you need.
widewetandslippery
15/04/2009
8:09:16 AM
I always seem to get hurt walking around the base of the crag. Got a good gash on my ankle a couple of weeks ago. Anyone know when its too late to get stitches?

And Sabu you clip into the chains? That belongs on the gay thread.

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