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rescue off the first flatiron
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eric chan
(bearbreeder) - F
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 ...

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 with a t
(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
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


(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!