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Accident at the Emeralds?


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Tapawingo Markey · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Feb 2012 · Points: 75

Stumbled across this on FB today but looks like it happened Sunday

https://www.facebook.com/CHPValleyAirOps/videos/1798165366915622/

Hoping the victim is alright, anyone out there witness the event?

KevinYoung · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Aug 2014 · Points: 0

Yes, 4 of us were climbing on the Oasis routes. The man injured had just completed his last climb of the day, had lowered to the base area and was watching the next climber start. Unfortunately, he was casually standing on the edge of a big boulder and as he looked up (away from the drop off), didn't realize how close he was to the actual edge, took a step back and fell straight down, 20-30 feet on a ~45 degree slope--picking up speed as gravity took over, bouncing off rocks, smaller boulders, fallen tree trunks, branches, etc

Luckily, he landed face up on a fairly level boulder ledge which abruptly stopped his free fall--if he went over that ledge another 50 foot steeper plunge would probably have meant disaster. He lost movement in his arms and legs--his upper torso and face were bruised/bloodied. He slowly gained movement in his legs and after about 15-20 minutes slowly gained movement in his arms/hands.

The Truckee (and surrounding) firefighters and paramedics arrived much faster than expected as did the eventual airlift helicopter--there was little chance of carrying him out on a stretcher as the path out was fairly steep and not really much of a path--the firefighters had to cut down one medium sized pine tree to clear the area enough so the heli pilot could have a chance at a rescue. Everyone involved did a very professional, fantastic job!  

As it turns out--no broken bones nor major head injury but a case of whiplash which will require a neck brace for a few weeks. Also, a slight loss of strength in one arm/shoulder which should be back to normal after a little rehab.

A very good day gone terribly wrong, really quick. When not climbing and off the rope please stay away from any exposed ledges.

Nate Doyle · · Sierra Foothills · Joined Feb 2016 · Points: 39
KevinYoung wrote: Yes, 4 of us were climbing on the Oasis routes. The man injured had just completed his last climb of the day, had lowered to the base area and was watching the next climber start. Unfortunately, he was casually standing on the edge of a big boulder and as he looked up (away from the drop off), didn't realize how close he was to the actual edge, took a step back and fell straight down, 20-30 feet on a ~45 degree slope--picking up speed as gravity took over, bouncing off rocks, smaller boulders, fallen tree trunks, branches, etc

Luckily, he landed face up on a fairly level boulder ledge which abruptly stopped his free fall--if he went over that ledge another 50 foot steeper plunge would probably have meant disaster. He lost movement in his arms and legs--his upper torso and face were bruised/bloodied. He slowly gained movement in his legs and after about 15-20 minutes slowly gained movement in his arms/hands.

The Truckee (and surrounding) firefighters and paramedics arrived much faster than expected as did the eventual airlift helicopter--there was little chance of carrying him out on a stretcher as the path out was fairly steep and not really much of a path--the firefighters had to cut down one medium sized pine tree to clear the area enough so the heli pilot could have a chance at a rescue. Everyone involved did a very professional, fantastic job!  

As it turns out--no broken bones nor major head injury but a case of whiplash which will require a neck brace for a few weeks. Also, a slight loss of strength in one arm/shoulder which should be back to normal after a little rehab.

A very good day gone terribly wrong, really quick. When not climbing and off the rope please stay away from any exposed ledges.
Thanks for the update and reminder!

Glad he'll be okay.
Tapawingo Markey · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Feb 2012 · Points: 75

Dang, definitely glad everything worked out alright. Thanks for the update.

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

Northern California
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