Well first off let me say, for all those who assisted My 27 year old son and I from Waterfall a couple weeks ago .....Thanks a pant load!!! Its Great to see and be a part of the New England Climbing community. Thanks , thanks ,thanks,! cant say it enough. To the dude who picked my left behind gear from the ice the next day and actually brought it to me in the Hospital, you are an outstanding individual !!!thanks Man!!!contact me I would like to talk with you.
FYI im 53 and have been climbing both rock and Ice since about 1993, I have had lessons on Ice through EMS climbing school , I even worked for them as an O.S. in the old Natick store ....I am Experienced ! Accidents Happen! Ice climbing and Mountaineering are inherently dangerous!!!!! look the fuck out, it can happen to ANYONE at ANYTIME
So this is what happened. As we all know it was a great day for climbing. Blue sky 34 degrees ......life was good. I took the days climb to waterfall on the tracks at Frankenstein, we headed up the easy first pitches to the main flow of Ice about 150 to 200 ft above the tracks. I have lead this route many times before.it was all going well , we even held fast at about mid flow about 40 ft from the top to let some faster climbers go ahead of us, after they topped out I began my moves to the last bulge at the top. I swung my axes in good over the bulge and began to" walk up on my axes" cresting the bulge, I removed my right axe to gain higher placement for my next step up ,removed it and began to swing it in when everything that I was standing on and axed into let go in a big chunk, im talking a big friggin chunk all 3 points of protection came loose with the chunk I was on! I slammed down the 12 ft bulge on my" ice surfboard "which shattered into a million pieces , sending me head over heals down the cliff face.... and as we all know .....you are going to fall twice the distance of your last placement! 15 plus 15 is 30 ......yes that's right 30 ft head over heals WTF!!!!!! it happens... anyway it was nothing more than an unfortunate Mountaineering accident, the law of averages finally bit me in the ass ...hard!!!
I broke both ankle bones and my heal on my right foot and my heal on the left foot, pain was a mother fucker!!!!!
surgery in two weeks will have me out and about and back to my life soon after
Well there you have it my first hand account of the fall .
Thanks again for all the assistance everyone