There was a severe ground fall resulting in a med evac at Pilot Mountain yesterday afternoon. I did not see the fall or the aftermath, but one of my climbing partners with medical experience did help stabilize the climber until the EMTs arrived.
The climber was on Veg-o-Matic , a 5.8 trad climb. Witnesses say he fell about 40 feet. The crux of that climb is about 40 feet off the ground, just before you pull up to the ledge. I was also told he pulled 2 pieces of gear, at least one of which was a cam. The protection on this climb is ample and good, suggesting that this accident was caused by some degree of inexperience placing gear.
After the accident the climber was conscious, but going into shock. My friend believed he probably had a fractured pelvis and internal bleeding. He was able to stay focussed at first, but was becoming quite disoriented by the time the EMTs arrived. When they provided fluids, it appeared he was improving. He told my friend that he was a UNC-Wilmington student, and that he had been climbing for about 2 years.
Thanks to those who replied. I understand he is in stable condition and expected to recover well. Best wishes to him, his family and friends, and to his climbing partners as they heal from this trauma.