|Type:||Ice, 5 pitches, 1000'|
|Original:||WI3 PG13 [details]|
|Submitted By:||Jordan Ramey on Jan 23, 2012|
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From: Alpine, Utah and Almo, Idaho
Jan 9, 2015
I nearly lost my life on this easy and predictable climb in the early '80's. Thinking back, it was the perfect setup for an accident. Got up early at a hotel in Banff to climb the Weeping Wall. Drove all the way up there in a total snow storm and when we got there, the ice was bullet hard and the wind howling. Got back in the car and carefully drove back to Banff. Thought that as a conciliatory climb, we would 'run' up Cascade Falls.
Soloed most of it, got dark, while pulling the rope from the top rappel, my partner - Steve Bowen - pulled to hard and tipped over on a steep ramp. Neither of us were tied in. I caught Steve as he slide between my legs, saving him. If he would have hit my foot and I lost the bit of my crampon - both of us would have taken the big ride.
Stupid, and very lucky to have a do over on this. Got back to the car and the battery was dead from leaving the lights on. Better it than us.