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Author Topic: Accident on Shoestring Today  (Read 1612 times)

tradmanclimbz

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Re: Accident on Shoestring Today
« Reply #15 on: January 14, 2014, 12:01:33 PM »

watch Uli steck on the last ice field @ the top of the eiger. only difference is I am not as good looking and much slower. stand up and walk/run either on front points or flat footed and use both axes as canes. Definatly Not the X possition.
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Re: Accident on Shoestring Today
« Reply #16 on: January 14, 2014, 12:19:33 PM »

Correction. just watched the ULI steck video again and the Eiger is a lot steeper than shoestring so he is not caneing at the top.
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Re: Accident on Shoestring Today
« Reply #17 on: January 14, 2014, 01:06:00 PM »

Thanks for the update Al. Glad to hear he's gonna be OK and on his road to recovery. To get out of a solo fall on Shoestring and have it only be 100' is damn lucky. So he must have been down low.

And I agree with tradman - low angle ice can be quite difficult! No matter what feels comfortable actually always feels sketchy to me - if that makes sense.

I guess what I'm trying to say is having the angle of the ice steeper to where you can sink your tools and have good front point contact - and always three points of contact - makes soloing ice within your ability a relatively safe adventure.

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Re: Accident on Shoestring Today
« Reply #18 on: January 14, 2014, 01:56:10 PM »

The problem in the NE is than when it gets real cold the ice gets bullet proof flat footing/french technique and even front pointing without at least one ax sunk becomes a gamble. bending over to sink the ax puts you in the front leaning rest possition (push ups) which gets old pretty darn quick....
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Re: Accident on Shoestring Today
« Reply #19 on: January 14, 2014, 03:05:42 PM »

So he must have been down low.
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He wasn't. A friend who assisted on the rescue mentioned he had already been lowered hundreds of feet down the gully before he got there... not sure what stopped his fall but he was in the upper half of the gully when he fell based on what I've heard from multiple people...
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Re: Accident on Shoestring Today
« Reply #20 on: January 14, 2014, 04:52:11 PM »

Damn DMan - he's certainly one lucky guy. And kudos to whoever helped getting him lowered before MRS showed up.
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Re: Accident on Shoestring Today
« Reply #21 on: January 14, 2014, 10:38:27 PM »

How's he doing Al?

shattered left wrist and rib fracture, but he's going to be OK...
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Re: Accident on Shoestring Today
« Reply #22 on: January 19, 2014, 06:49:57 PM »

Were you wearing a cotton t-shirt and carrying extras?

Apparently LL was  actually out climbing.  A foreign concept to most of those who post here.
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