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Sep 29, 2011
Ouch!

foxnews.com/travel/2011/09/29/...
FrankPS
From Atascadero, CA
Joined Nov 19, 2009
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Sep 29, 2011
Lucky for him, hope the healing goes well.

As for the article...it says it happened on El Cap, then has a labeled picture of the Half Dome? Hmmmm...
Brendan Blanchard
From Boulder, CO
Joined Oct 18, 2010
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Sep 29, 2011
I think it's pretty amazing that the thumb fell on a ledge and was actually recovered. That never happens when I drop gear! FrankPS
From Atascadero, CA
Joined Nov 19, 2009
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Sep 29, 2011
I think it's amazing that they put three rescuers' lives at risk for some dude's opposable digit........strong work, I guess. Mike Soucy
From Longmont, CO
Joined May 1, 2006
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Sep 29, 2011
FrankPS wrote:
I think it's pretty amazing that the thumb fell on a ledge and was actually recovered. That never happens when I drop gear!


Thumbs don't bounce and ricochet much!
1Eric Rhicard
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Sep 29, 2011
Does this happen often? Until yesterday I'd never heard of such a thing happening until I saw it first hand. I was canyoneering with a group down one of the canyons in Red Rock and one of the guys in our group degloved his thumb. He was coming over a lip into a free hanging rap and flipped backwards and at the same time his thumb got pinched between the rope and the rock and the skin came right off. It was pretty gruesome. It's really weird to hear about the Yosemite incident right after. Tyson Anderson
From SLC, UT
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Sep 29, 2011
It sounds more like a freak coincidence to me. Yikes! De-gloving sounds and looks awful! Colonel Mustard
From Sacramento, CA
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Sep 30, 2011
Tyson Anderson wrote:
He was coming over a lip into a free hanging rap and flipped backwards and at the same time his thumb got pinched between the rope and the rock and the skin came right off.


Was he wearing gloves?
Eric Holden
From Temecula, CA
Joined Dec 30, 2010
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Sep 30, 2011
Wow. Just Google Image searched "De-gloved". Ugh... Curt Hokanson
Joined Apr 8, 2011
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Sep 30, 2011
Ifyou'reinterested Tom posted a much more detailed accounting on the El Cap report.
elcapreport.com/content/specia...
Matt Marino
From Georgetown, MA
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Sep 30, 2011
Eric Holden wrote:
Was he wearing gloves?


Yeah but they were some really thin synthetic ones so I don't think they offered much protection. I usually belay/rap without gloves but I think I might buy a good pair of leather ones now.
Tyson Anderson
From SLC, UT
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Sep 30, 2011
Zeke wrote:
It sounds more like a freak coincidence to me. Yikes! De-gloving sounds and looks awful!


Happened last year on El Cap too - thumb decked, was found, and reattached.

Two thumbs down for aid climbing.
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From Santa Barbara, CA
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