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eric chan
(bearbreeder) - F - M
rescue off the first flatiron on 07/12/2013 16:30:20 MDT Print View

ill post this here, although its easy climbing ... its a very relevant subject in terms of decision making, skills, lightning and rescue ...

im sure any BPLer will appreciate the vid ...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdBnJLKhQeI

On Sunday, June 29th, we set out to climb one of the easier routes on Colorados first Flatiron. Halfway up the second pitch, a thunderstorm rolled in. With Lightning striking the cliff within twenty meters on all sides of us, we took shelter under a huge flake to the right of the route. Shortly after the storm passed, Rocky Mountain Rescue arrived to set up a fixed line, allowing us to rappel to safety.

spelt !
(spelt) - F

Locale: SW/C PA
vid is private on 07/12/2013 16:45:41 MDT Print View

youtube says, "sorry about that"

Peter Bakwin
(pbakwin) - F
Re: rescue off the first flatiron on 07/12/2013 18:16:34 MDT Print View

Were they soloing? If not why couldn't they rap to safety w/o RMR? More questions than answers.

eric chan
(bearbreeder) - F - M
Re: vid is private on 07/12/2013 18:55:16 MDT Print View

it was public a few hours ago ...

mirrored ... i suggest downloading the file as its an educational classic that every beginner should watch

http://www.mediafire.com/?225dl2sml7ff8xd


;)

M G
(drown) - F - MLife

Locale: Shenandoah
most important lesson from this video... on 07/12/2013 20:32:01 MDT Print View

...pick your climbing partners wisely

Jim W.
(jimqpublic) - MLife

Locale: So-Cal
Re:rescue off the first flatiron on 07/13/2013 08:43:53 MDT Print View

Nice production values.

Setting aside how they got into the situation in the first place...

-Seeking shelter and calling S&R to ask about the safety of being in the cave were good moves.
-Being competent to climb up in the daytime doesn't mean they were competent to rappel down in the dark.
-S&R professionals treat every mission as a training opportunity, plus once activated they want to complete the mission and go home. They don't know the (potential) victims; all they know is that at least one bad decision or unfortunate incident has occurred. So S&R uses their gear and their techniques to bring the people safely down.

It sounds like a good outcome, and hopefully a learning experience about weather!