Fall while free soloing
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 Dec 2, 2009 An entertaining and instructional video. Or if you prefer youtube  youtube.com/watch?v=FP-nW6xs56A Cheers, Rob.calm rob.calmFrom Loveland, ColoradoJoined May 2, 2002616 points
 Dec 2, 2009 Oww, I cant imagine the rope burn from grabbing the rope like that. Matt NelsonFrom Pueblo, COJoined Jan 24, 2006655 points
 Dec 2, 2009 That was terrifying... Not sure if a ground fall from that high is something that I could laugh off like that, but I suppose I don't know what a more appropriate response would be. Garrett R.From ColoradoJoined Oct 27, 200869 points
 Dec 2, 2009 So close to a darwin award tom selleckJoined Sep 15, 2006306 points
 Dec 2, 2009 Capt Kirk is climbing the mountain. Why is he climbing the mountain? Capt Kirk is climbing the mountain. Why is he climbing the mountain? Capt Kirk is climbing the mountain. Why is he climbing the mountain? Buff JohnsonJoined Dec 19, 20051,507 points
 Site LandlordDec 2, 2009 Buff Johnson wrote:Capt Kirk is climbing the mountain. Why is he climbing the mountain? Capt Kirk is climbing the mountain. Why is he climbing the mountain? Capt Kirk is climbing the mountain. Why is he climbing the mountain? DAMN IT Buff! It took 3 days to get that song out of my head. And now it's back. Andy LaakmannFrom Bend, ORJoined Jan 1, 20012,415 points
 AdministratorDec 2, 2009 I am betting that the guy was more hurt then he lets on at video end. The shot of him struggling (his lower back looks stiff or maybe he smashed his tail bone?) up the stairway gives that away. I recently (and most reluctantly) took about a 20 foot ground fall and sure I walked away from it but the next day... Ouch! I discovered all sorts of spots and places where damage was done. I wasn't soloing but 3rd class'n in damp conditions. This guy is REALLY lucky he has walked away from this but I am sure he has deep bruising at the very least. Burt LindquistFrom Madison, WIJoined Jan 1, 20023,580 points
 Dec 2, 2009 Ok, lets all solo when we have a rope (that is in the way) and a bunch of people (belayers) standing around doing nothing!?! hmmmmm Aaron MFrom Westminster, COJoined Oct 31, 2007141 points
 Dec 2, 2009 Aaron M wrote:Ok, lets all solo when we have a rope (that is in the way) and a bunch of people (belayers) standing around doing nothing!?! hmmmmm Yeah, you can tell no ego was involved in this decision :) Apparently it was some kind of Freudian slip when he said you get more "cocky" in your ability, only to quickly change the phrasing to "confident" Abram HermanFrom Golden, COJoined May 23, 200943 points
 Dec 2, 2009 He looked to be very close to landing in paralysis on that rock with his back. When I heard the rope sliding through the anchor it was pretty spooky. If you are going to free solo, with a harness on, right next to a rope, and with an easy walk around, I think you should tie the rope off at the anchor. This way if something happens you only have to grab one rope and rappel. ccrossFrom San Diego, CAJoined Oct 2, 200879 points
 Dec 2, 2009 listening to him talk about bachar was the most painful part. caughtinsideFrom Oakland CAJoined Nov 21, 20061,926 points
 Dec 2, 2009 does it count as soloing if you have a rope right next to you to grab in case you fall? you think if that rope wasn't there he would have focused more and not fallen? just some questions that come to mind Francisco Di PoiFrom Boulder, COJoined Sep 11, 200926 points
 Dec 2, 2009 "Look at the intensity in his eyes- He's ready to go!" Um... yeah... DOWN! phillipJoined Jun 23, 2007153 points
 Dec 2, 2009 am i the only one who feels like something is suspicious about the video? no one screams or rushes to help. well, at least not with any urgency. if one of my friends fell doing that, i doubt i would keep the camera rolling and walk over to see how he was. i may forget to stop the camera but i'd sure as hell pull it away from my face so i could run over to check on my friend. i dunno. maybe it seems suspicious to me b/c it's hard to believe someone can fall that far w/o any injuries. but, it seems kinda fishy. Crag DwellerFrom New York, NYJoined Jul 17, 2006274 points
 Dec 2, 2009 Crag Dweller wrote:am i the only one who feels like something is suspicious about the video? no one screams or rushes to help. well, at least not with any urgency. if one of my friends fell doing that, i doubt i would keep the camera rolling and walk over to see how he was. i may forget to stop the camera but i'd sure as hell pull it away from my face so i could run over to check on my friend. i dunno. maybe it seems suspicious to me b/c it's hard to believe someone can fall that far w/o any injuries. but, it seems kinda fishy. ..."friend" being the operative word... They were probably all standing around thinking: "Watch this dumba fall and kill himself." "Oh well. One outta two ain't bad" BrigetteFrom Duvall, WAJoined Sep 22, 2008391 points
 Dec 2, 2009 Wow! I don't know where to start. The guy is an idiot #1. I replayed his fall from 1:49 multiple times, and it seems as if he intintially let go, thinking he was going to be able to grab the rope. If a person is free soloing they don't let go, and he did. It wasn't a slip, more or less a let go like you would on TR. He's lucky, and I hope he hurt for some time due to his cockyness. Ian F.From PhxJoined Dec 11, 200789 points
 Dec 2, 2009 Did anyone else notice that after the fall, on multiple occasions, the guy in the maroon shirt (belayer for the girl that's climbing) has his hands off the rope completely? It was a Figure 8 belay device too. Fig 8's don't have that "gri-gri" function do they? I know that girl wasn't that high off the ground, but still, wtf? This group is definitely not one which I'll climb with. Toe MossFrom ColoradoJoined Jan 20, 20090 points
 Dec 2, 2009 not that a gri-gri is a hands-off device anyway, but what do I know Buff JohnsonJoined Dec 19, 20051,507 points
 Dec 2, 2009 Ian F. wrote: it seems as if he intintially let go, thinking he was going to be able to grab the rope. I do think it was a real fall Brigette, nevertheless, it appeared quite obvious to me that his foot did not slip as he claimed, and that he was reversing the move when he *fell*. I would presume that he was at a crux or cruxy reach/lock-off, he didn't feel like he had the move in him, attempted to reverse the move - maybe with full intention of holding on and repeating it - yet for whatever reason, I agree with Ian that he then attempted to grab the ropes. not to worry Matt he probably received little rope burn as it appears he grabbed only one rope of a TR set up and all the sliding/noise is the line running through the anchor/past him/off the grnd. Take home message? not sure, but more than anything to me it seems to call out for all of us to question our motivations for what we are doing/what we do. glad he wasn't hurt worse. Wayne CrillFrom an Altered StateJoined Jan 5, 2003454 points
 Dec 2, 2009 His foot slipped. Watch it closely. Seems like a solid group to me. bropplerFrom OaklandJoined Oct 5, 200810 points
 Dec 2, 2009 Buff Johnson wrote:not that a gri-gri is a hands-off device anyway, but what do I know What do you know? Here's what you know: 11.00100 10000 11111 10110... Richard RadcliffeFrom Louisville, COJoined Apr 28, 2006268 points
 Dec 2, 2009 asshat, I just spit out my root beer Buff JohnsonJoined Dec 19, 20051,507 points
 Dec 2, 2009 Richard Radcliffe wrote: What do you know? Here's what you know: 11.00100 10000 11111 10110... Richard, why are you smearing [;\pi;] all over the interweb? By the way, [;2\pi;] is more fundamental as a constant. :P kBobbyFrom Spokane, WAJoined Oct 5, 20011,373 points
 Dec 2, 2009 hope this crew of jokers stays somewhere in PA Joe CappielloJoined Dec 13, 20071 points
 Dec 2, 2009 Bobby Hanson wrote: Richard, why are you smearing [;\pi;] all over the interweb? By the way, [;2\pi;] is more fundamental as a constant. :P Just trying top make Mitchell go crazy. Richard RadcliffeFrom Louisville, COJoined Apr 28, 2006268 points
 Dec 2, 2009 Man what a douche, compareing himself to Bacher? Andrew James CFrom Portland, ORJoined Sep 15, 2009549 points

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