Author Topic: ACCIDENT ON CATHEDRAL LEDGE:  (Read 275 times)

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« on: September 12, 2019, 02:06:45 PM »
A pretty significant accident took place on Sunday when Maine climber Sean Goodrich fell and was severely injured. From what I have heard he was climbing Retaliation (5.9),  thinking it was Upper Refuse. He did not belay at the top of the 30' 5.6 pitch, continuing into the 5.9 dihedral where he fell, pulling some of his gear. Retaliation is an old-school grade 5.9 which presents significant difficulties in placing good gear in the angling crack/flake. There have been numerous incidents on it over the years.

Fortunately there were other climbers nearby to provide assistance. Local Mountain Rescue Service members and other local emergency personnel were called in and helped lower him to the middle ledge, litter him across and up to the top where he was taken to Memorial Hospital. As a result of the fall he sustained multiple bone breaks, fractures in his back, pelvis, neck, ribs, arm, tore his aorta and has a concussion.

A Go Fund Me page has been setup to help with his expenses.
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