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Oct 27, 2013
Saw this on the news, still not sure what happened though. The photos in the article (if they are from the area he fell at) has some longer, easy runouts at the top to the anchors.


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sfotex
From Sandy, UT
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Oct 27, 2013
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He fell from the anchors of Gas Boost.

I was up there shortly after he was evacuated (I watched him being loaded into the ambulance).

One of the people still up there told me the faller, after having clipped the first bolt, had subsequently climbed way to the right of the route on easier terrain, thereby bypassing the rest of the bolts and essentially soloing to the chains, had hung a draw in one of the chains, and then had fallen before getting the rope into the draw.
Perin Blanchard
From Orem, UT
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Oct 27, 2013
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That is bizarre. I remember Gas Boost being pretty straight forward and well protected. It's nice to hear that he will eventually make a full recovery. I wonder what made him decide to skip the direct line and run it out like that. Jon Zucco
From Denver, CO
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Oct 27, 2013
"remembered hitting his head first". Sounds like his foot got behind the rope or he flipped from slipping his foot. Glad to hear he will be alright. Brett Thompson
From Washington State
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Oct 29, 2013
"I put my carabineer in the top, and put in my rope, and took one more extra step to stay steady," he said.

confusing statement from the injured climber? sounds like he did clip in to a draw at the top. but also doesn't sound like a quote from a climber.
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