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By Hendrixson
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From Tucson, AZ
Oct 24, 2011
Enjoying 'Ground Affects'.
Anyone know what happened Saturday afternoon at Wind Point on Mt Lemmon? I believe a helicopter, emergency vehicles and search and rescue were on hand. I do not know whether it was climbing, hiking, or vehicular in nature.

In general is there a database or website that lists all incidents on the mountain?

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By Antoine Horness
From Tucson, AZ
Oct 24, 2011
Switzerland's Monch next to the Eiger
I was coming down from climbing about 4pm and saw all the rescue vehicles and helicopter. One of the SARA people told me a climber fell but she didn't say where, who or their condition. They had a lot of people on hand which is probably not a good sign. I'm hoping for some kind of report as well.

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By JMayhew
From Tucson, AZ
Oct 24, 2011
I was not on the callout, but I talked to a buddy that was. Apparently a climber took a lead fall on "Slippery When Wet" and fell to the ground, sustaining serious injuries. Fortunately, the team only had to move him a very short distance downhill where the DPS helicopter was able to "short haul" the patient and attendant to Geology Vista for a separate air transport to UMC.

As always, it is possible that the climber, partner, or friends/family may read this thread so we should use discretion in comments regarding all the possibilities of what may have happened.

I know all of us are hoping for a strong and speedy recovery. If I, (or anyone else,for that matter,) hear of the family needing any extra support I'll let them know there's a huge network of climbers out here that are willing to assist.

Jeff

p.s. Hendrixson- The closest thing I know of to some sort of database for incidents that SARA is involved with in this area can be found here on the monthly newsletter link for the Search and Rescue Council, Inc., that includes SARA: www.sarci.org They are usually listed near the end of each newsletter.

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By Hendrixson
Administrator
From Tucson, AZ
Oct 24, 2011
Enjoying 'Ground Affects'.
Thanks for the details, Jeff. While I am saddened to learn of the accident, I believe it is important that these events are public so that we may learn from them and be reminded of the risks involved in climbing. Let's hope the injured climber mends quickly.

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By Geir
From Tucson, AZ
Oct 25, 2011
Toofast
Thanks Jeff. Hoping for a speedy recovery for the injured climber.

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By CALEB ANDERSON
Oct 25, 2011
Respect thy lieback. The start to Airgasm roof! <br />
I hope everyone involved in the accident is making a full recovery. I was out at Green Slabs with my brother and we were able to see the entire rescue. SARA did a wonderful job locating and removing the climber from the dense mountain side with minimal problems. If anyone involved wants pictures of the rescue let me know. I captured a few photos of the helicopter and rescue efforts...I will post some after someone gives me the ok. I want to respect those involved before posting pictures.

Best,

Caleb A.

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By Hendrixson
Administrator
From Tucson, AZ
Oct 25, 2011
Enjoying 'Ground Affects'.
The moderators are vigilant in keeping discussion of this event in the 'Injuries and Accident' forum instead of the 'Arizona & New Mexico' forum. My original post, this post, and Caleb's post were all moved.

I suppose this is a better location for the discussion but it lacks visibility. I personally don't check this forum.

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By CALEB ANDERSON
Oct 25, 2011
Respect thy lieback. The start to Airgasm roof! <br />
I agree with Hendrixson, we should be able to decide which category to put information under especially if it involves a local incident as previously written about.

Best,

Caleb A.

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By Ed Wright
Oct 25, 2011
Magic Ed
Antoine Horness wrote:
I was coming down from climbing about 4pm and saw all the rescue vehicles and helicopter. One of the SARA people told me a climber fell but she didn't say where, who or their condition. They had a lot of people on hand which is probably not a good sign. I'm hoping for some kind of report as well.


In my experience, the more people you have on hand for a rescue the better.

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By JMayhew
From Tucson, AZ
Oct 25, 2011
The injured climber has reportedly been released from UMC with substantial injuries requiring a long rehabilitation process. He knows we are all wishing him well and are also curious about the circumstances. Friends or family, (or maybe even the climber,) may try to post up details later but obviously their priority is the healing process.

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By Robbie Mackley
From Tucson, AZ
Oct 25, 2011
Me and Holden at the "Matterhorn"
Best wishes to the climber involved, their family, and their partners. Big props to MP and Tucson climbing comunity for keeping this thread thoughtful and respectful. I know the last thing anyone involved in this incident wants is a bunch of us playing "monday morning QB" and giving opinions about how things could/should have been done. Thanks to SARA for being there when we climbers need them. And hats off to any partners, or bystanders who aided in getting help to the area.

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By Clay Mansfield
Oct 25, 2011
I removed my post, as it was perhaps off-topic.

I am glad the climber will be ok, and I think Hendrixson hit the nail on the head:


Hendrixson wrote:
While I am saddened to learn of the accident, I believe it is important that these events are public so that we may learn from them and be reminded of the risks involved in climbing. Let's hope the injured climber mends quickly.

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By Christian
From Casa do Cacete
Oct 27, 2011
Ooops...
I have no idea whether this had anything to do with this accident, but regardless I wish people would be more forthcoming and honest about obvious sandbags like the start of "Slippery When Wet".

Best wishes to the fallen climber :-(





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By Robbie Mackley
From Tucson, AZ
Oct 27, 2011
Me and Holden at the "Matterhorn"
Taking into account that Wheeler and Axen put up this 3* 5.7 route in the early '70s I think sandbagged is a bit of a stretch. Stiff maybe, but "obviously sandbagged?"

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By Brigette
From Seattle, WA
Oct 27, 2011
At the anchors.
I would tend to agree with Christian. The start of that route is tough, with no good gear right away. I've watched much stronger climbers than myself give that one a lot of thought.

The fact that it was put up by a couple of the "founding fathers" in the 70's it's almost guaranteed to be considerably harder than we expect a 5.7 to be today.

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