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Accident in Boulder Canyon on 8/31/2013
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By Hansel
From Boulder, CO
Sep 1, 2013
My ride
Was driving down the canyon around 3:30pm and saw Boulder County Sheriff and RMR personnel heading up to the Blob Rock area. Anybody know what happened?

Saw this story on 9News but haven't seen anything else: 9news.com/news/local/article/3...

Sending good vibes her way!

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By Ryan Kempf
From Boulder, CO
Sep 2, 2013
Ryan on the Sharks Fin wishing he was on Mt. White...
Here's to a quick recovery!

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By Stich
From Colorado Springs, Colorado
Sep 2, 2013
Coffee after freezing our asses off near James Pea...
Very sorry this happened. Wishing her a very good recovery!

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By Steve Williams
From Denver, CO
Sep 2, 2013
Best wishes for a speedy and total recovery!

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By ChefMattThaner
From Lakewood, co
Sep 2, 2013
ducking ropes at Copper
So sorry to hear this, good luck on the recovery and I hope all goes well

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By LawHous
From Colorado Springs, CO
Sep 2, 2013
Post climb celebration drinks with a sweet line in...
Sad to hear about that man, hope she gets well soon!! Been a bad few weeks for accidents in Boulder Canyon. If you don't mind me asking did multiple pieces pull or just one? What climb was she on?

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By Hansel
From Boulder, CO
Sep 4, 2013
My ride
Thanks for the info, Matt, and I'm very sorry to hear about your girlfriend. I hope she recovers quickly.

Any info you can share on how it happened might help someone avoid an accident in the future.

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By Matt Pierce
From Denver, CO
Sep 5, 2013
View from the first belay ledge on The Staircase (...
Sorry to hear Matt - hope she recovers quickly!

I agree with Hansel if you are so inclined. At least - was she wearing a helmet? (you mentioned a fractured skull etc)

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By Nick.Grant
From Calgary, Canada
Sep 5, 2013
Having a blast on Grilmair Chimneys
Very sorry to hear this. I hope she fully recovers in a timely fashion.

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By percious
From Bear Creek, CO
Sep 5, 2013
Hanging out with some scooter trash.
Sorry to hear about this. I hope your gf recovers quickly and fully. Can you tell us what route she was on and what gear pulled?

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By Matt Pierce
From Denver, CO
Sep 6, 2013
View from the first belay ledge on The Staircase (...
Thanks for sharing dude - hope she's doing ok...

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By Norse Force
From Nederland, CO
Sep 6, 2013
Matt, So sorry to hear. Your posts were a chilling read. I wish her a full and speedy recovery. Hope you can hang in there. Such a tough experience.

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By RobC2
Sep 7, 2013
This..
Matt Cochran wrote:
My girlfriend took a ground fall from about 30-35 feet breaking her neck and fracturing her skull. She has had surgery on her neck that went very well and she is beginning to move around a bit. Thanks to the other guys at Happy Hour Crag that day that made the 911 call and for helping to carry down our stuff.


You guys would really have benefited from some coursework in climbing techniques from a qualified instructor like Eli.

guide.climbinglife.com/index.p...

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By doligo
Sep 7, 2013
Jose Cuervo Fruitcups dirtbag style
Have some heart, geez... Now it's not the time for "could've, should've, would've".

Matt, I'm very sorry to hear about the accident, hope your girlfriend heals well. We all screw up and make mistakes, or things happen out of our control - some people get lucky and get away with minor scratches, your girlfriend just happened to be not as lucky. If you poll people on this forum, I bet the majority have some kind of a close-call story that they wish they had done things differently.


RobC2 wrote:
You guys would really have benefited from some coursework in climbing techniques from a qualified instructor like Eli. guide.climbinglife.com/index.p...

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