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By T Howes
From Bozeman, MT
Sep 19, 2012

Does anybody have any more information on this?

www.kxlf.com/news/climber-injured-in-fall-from-gallatin-towe>>>


What route was he on, did protection fail, was he wearing a helmet, etc?


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By Nick Stayner
From The Magic City
Sep 19, 2012
Nick Stayner near the crux. Ryan Minton photo.

Bump. Hope the guy is OK. Always curious about specifics of accidents that happen on the home turf as well...


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By Jeff J
From Bozeman
Sep 20, 2012

Tom Howes wrote:
Does anybody have any more information on this? www.kxlf.com/news/climber-injured-in-fall-from-gallatin-towe>>> What route was he on, did protection fail, was he wearing a helmet, etc?



Holly Crap! I was on the standard route about an hour earlier...
I havent heard anything, hope he doing ok.


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By T Howes
From Bozeman, MT
Sep 23, 2012

Since nobody has given up any concrete info, here is what I've pieced together...

Climber on the standard route, skips first belay and sets at the smaller ledge higher up. Weights anchor, anchor fails, belayer cannot stop fall... ground falls ensues.

This is probably fourth hand information at this point. Any clarification would be appreciated.


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By Nick Stayner
From The Magic City
Sep 24, 2012
Nick Stayner near the crux. Ryan Minton photo.

Jeez! If that's the case, sounds gnarly. And like it would be a lot bigger than the 30' groundfall reported in the news article... I have not heard anything else about it. Hope the man is OK.


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By T Howes
From Bozeman, MT
Sep 24, 2012

I just talked to somebody that seemed to know a little more about this accident. Climber was on Tigger, fell at the crux, belayer did not catch the fall. He wasn't sure if gear failed or if the belayer just failed to catch the fall.


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By Nick Stayner
From The Magic City
Sep 25, 2012
Nick Stayner near the crux. Ryan Minton photo.

Interesting. I have seen a lot of people fall on that route. It may have even been my first trad fall almost a decade ago.


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