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Re: Jim Ewing accident?
« Reply #15 on: December 30, 2014, 07:27:57 PM »
OK... let's try to continue without any name calling OR trad/sport BS...

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Re: Jim Ewing accident?
« Reply #16 on: December 30, 2014, 08:33:47 PM »
Jim had surgery this morning and came through it OK, at least I would guess so based on this picture...

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Re: Jim Ewing accident?
« Reply #17 on: December 30, 2014, 09:07:05 PM »
Glad to see the recovery pic and some conversation regarding the limitations (and mis-conceptions) of how the Gri Gri is designed to work. A few folks have already claimed equipment malfunction and it is imperative we stay critical of what happened while wishing Jim the fastest possible recovery.

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« Reply #18 on: December 31, 2014, 10:45:16 AM »
He looks pretty good..considering.

I think Jim is going to prolong his stay in Fl as long as possible   ;D

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Re: Jim Ewing accident?
« Reply #19 on: January 01, 2015, 11:28:00 PM »
Re-posting from other thread as quite relevant here:

Hope this is OK, Al...

Let's get Jim Ewing home to Maine! Jim, a long time figure in New England climbing, suffered a serious fall while climbing in Cayman Brac the day after Christmas. He has undergone multiple surgeries with a couple still to go. Unfortunately, his travel home is considered non-medical so insurance won't help... and he must be transported prone in a hospital bed. The out of pocket costs have been estimated between $6,000 (van) and over $18,000 (air ambulance). Sam Morton (a co-worker) has setup a fundraiser account so that friends and family can help bring Jim home. Jim has been a friend to all of us in some way or another in the NE climbing community -- whether in person, online with his route and rope engineering expertise or through one of the many routes and crags he has pioneered. Please consider contributing:

https://www.gofundme.com/jimewing

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Re: Jim Ewing accident?
« Reply #20 on: January 02, 2015, 05:16:37 PM »
Outstanding !! Over 10K raised in less than 24 hours  !!

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Re: Jim Ewing accident?
« Reply #21 on: January 02, 2015, 06:17:38 PM »
proves that the community can come together when it's important to do so!
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Re: Jim Ewing accident?
« Reply #22 on: January 04, 2015, 12:18:35 PM »
Come on now..I bet many of you use a Sterling rope or have done some of Jim's F/A's   kick in a few bucks..


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« Reply #23 on: January 04, 2015, 11:13:46 PM »
Hi everyone! We're so close to getting Jim home. THANK YOU to everyone who has contributed to the fund to help with that endeavor. We are making the last push to raise the money to get him out of FL so that he can have the last of his surgeries at home, inside his insurance network.

Jim is having surgery again tomorrow morning, so please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.

If you haven't donated, please do consider it, and also check out the great offer that Peter Lewis made to send a beautiful print of one of his detailed hand drawings! Thank you Peter!

http://www.gofundme.com/jimewing

Sincerely,

Eric McCallister

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Re: Jim Ewing accident?
« Reply #24 on: January 05, 2015, 11:00:21 AM »
Thanks for the reminder, just donated. So close to reaching the goal! Love how our community can come together like this!

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Re: Jim Ewing accident?
« Reply #25 on: January 05, 2015, 04:52:49 PM »
I donated as well.  Jim's a good guy and it could happen to any of us. 

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Re: Jim Ewing accident?
« Reply #26 on: January 05, 2015, 10:51:06 PM »
I donated as well.  Jim's a good guy and it could happen to any of us. 

that's the thing... it could happen to any of us, any time we're out there. what we do is a dangerous thing. we have to be on top of things all the time, and yet even if we are - bad things can happen.
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Re: Jim Ewing accident?
« Reply #27 on: January 10, 2015, 12:21:56 PM »
Jim is doing a lot better. pain management is helping and he is working hard at his PT. current plan apparently is to be him back home on Wednesday or Thursday. thnX so much to all who have contributed to his fundraiser.
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« Reply #28 on: January 10, 2015, 03:57:11 PM »
Hello all, this is Jim's wife, Cathy.

I want say thank you for all the incredible donations to the GoFundme for Jim. The response has been amazing, overwhelming, humbling, terrific! We  are so grateful to have fantastic folks in our lives.

I am also feeling the need to defend/update what I had written earlier about the accident. I believe I misunderstood what happened; from talks with Jim and Maxine, it appears Maxine never did let go of the brake hand; in fact she suffered second degree burns on that hand trying to not let go of the rope.

Jim is recovering well. He has had many surgeries to his left anklet, left ankle, and pelvis. The transverse fractures in L4-L5 of his spine apparently are inconsequential, his pulmonary contusions are seemingly resolved. He is fairly independent now with eating, voiding, and shifting himself in bed, although I assist him with these things. He works hard with physical therapy. I never hsve to crack the whip.  ;) And he still has his crazy Jimmy sense of humor!

He has one more surgery, in the left wrist, scheduled for Monday. We are hoping to get back to Maine Wednesday or Thursday.

I've also been posting photos and writing updates, as well as sort-of journaling which surprisingly I've found helpful, at http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/jimewing/journal

Xo Cathy
« Last Edit: January 10, 2015, 05:00:35 PM by CathyKing »

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Re: Jim Ewing accident?
« Reply #29 on: January 12, 2015, 08:08:53 PM »
Some more details have emerged:

http://www.climbing.com/news/jim-ewings-scary-fall-and-recovery/

So far this comment seems to be the most likely cause:

"One witness speculated that the belayer's anchor carabiner or quickdraw might somehow have interfered with the Grigri and prevented it from locking as designed."

This is supported by one reader's comment (edited for brevity);

"It's relatively easy to re-create this gri-gri failure if the anchoring carabiner/draw was attached above the gri-gri on the belay loop, when loaded from above the carabiner/draw could trap the camming mechanism on the gri-gri and keep it from functioning properly."

This is not definitive, but so far seems like the most likely scenario presented.

Take home point, if using a ground anchor be sure the anchor carabiner is clipped into the belay loop BELOW the Gri-Gri carabiner.

Disclaimer: This may not have been what happened, but I have never thought about this very real potential so it should be discussed.

Hoping Jim is back in Maine soon.