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Apr 9, 2013
Summitting Independence Monument
So, I want to start off by saying that I don't really expect to get any of my gear back, but it would be an awesome way to end a shitty ordeal.

I was climbing accidentally off-route near Orangeaid (closer to the last pitch of Castor) at Seneca on 4/8/13 and fell on a runout after my fifth placement. From what I've pieced together, I pulled out the top two placements (a nut and a .75 cam) and cross-loaded the biner on my third placement (an offset nut), resulting in at least a 40 ft whipper that put me 15 ft below the belay. I nocked my head on the catch and was unconscious for roughly a minute thanks to my plastic helmet. Once I came to, I climbed up to the belay only to realize that something in my wrist was broken (articular radial fracture). My belay was adamant about bailing the gear I'd left up, so we proceeded to rap down and hike out with my bleeding head, swollen wrist, and my limp.

I got pretty lucky in some regards. I probably have five minutes that I can't remember and another ten minutes when I was pretty loopy. But, I would be even luckier if someone was willing to return my gear. It was three pieces of gear with the accompanying slings/biners (I can also tell the specific pieces and gear tape). And for your trouble, a number 1 C4 is yours free of guilt (or another C4 if that one sketches you out)! A pm would be much appreciated. Thank you!
Glass Tupperware
From the barren midwest
Joined Jul 4, 2012
52 points
Apr 10, 2013
Summitting Independence Monument
And for those curious what happens to a cross-loaded biner and accompanying sling (at least in my case)

Glass Tupperware
From the barren midwest
Joined Jul 4, 2012
52 points
Apr 11, 2013
Summitting Independence Monument
Or the shortcomings of plastic helmets (still saved my life though)

Glass Tupperware
From the barren midwest
Joined Jul 4, 2012
52 points
May 6, 2013
5.7 Dihedral, Lookout Mountain Crag
Wow! Congrats on not being dead! Get well soon! Eben Daggett
From Boulder, CO
Joined Nov 7, 2010
49 points
May 6, 2013
Summitting Independence Monument
I appreciate the sentiment! I still have a week left in the cast, but'll be back climbing soon enough. I also had to trim 40ft off my rope due to a core shot after that fall, but I wanted to buy a new rope anyway. And I'm still planning on a big wall Yosemite trip in July, so it hasn't gotten in the way of things too much. Glass Tupperware
From the barren midwest
Joined Jul 4, 2012
52 points
May 6, 2013
Hey, I'd suggest calling the Gendarme. As I understand, people occasionally turn in bailed/lost gear there. It's worth a shot. 304-567-2600

Glad you're all right!
Doug S
From W Pa
Joined Apr 14, 2012
35 points
May 8, 2013
Summitting Independence Monument
Thanks for the tip. No luck on the gear though. Apparently they would've helped salvage it if I'd called a month ago though... Glass Tupperware
From the barren midwest
Joined Jul 4, 2012
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