NRG Kaymoor Area Accident

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NRG Kaymoor Area Accident

Post by Crankmas » Mon Jun 14, 2010 10:19 am

The facts are slim but apparently a 33 year old woman died over the weekend at Kaymoor, 50 foot fall from anchors. Link on rockclimbing.com-

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Post by steep4me » Mon Jun 14, 2010 11:46 am

Wow--that thing about the Petzl rubber band things is really scary. Never thought of using one on a sling, but I could see why someone would. Crazy how it could look secure, but the fail suddenly. It's just like being backclipped, until someone shows you how dangerous it is, you wouldn't think anything of it. That is so sad that a woman died in this situation.
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Post by Clevis Hitch » Mon Jun 14, 2010 12:07 pm

When I used runners as daisies, I used a sliding overhand knot on the carabiner side. Its a little bulky but what happened with this accident couldn't happen with a knot...
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Post by Xtant » Mon Jun 14, 2010 12:13 pm

Seems like such an odd setup to come up with especially when a PAS is only $25...
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Post by michaelarmand » Mon Jun 14, 2010 12:24 pm

Wow, great thing to learn. I use a lot of slings like these, I will definitely keep rubber bands off them.

The one thing that doesn't make sense is that she went indirect with 2 slings, right? It seems pretty unlikely that BOTH of them would be like this without being noticed.....
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Post by Clevis Hitch » Mon Jun 14, 2010 12:43 pm

I have used slings with rubber bands for years and never had it happen to a sling even once. Of course I took my time and always weighted my anchors slow. Given a long enough time line I suppose that it would be possible. Both at once is truely unlucky.
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Post by chester » Mon Jun 14, 2010 12:45 pm

It more than likely happened before she even left the ground. To save time at the top, she probably girth hitched her slings before she started climbing the route. When she went to clip them to the back side of her harness there was enough slack in the sling that she clipped thru the sling and onto her gear loop. Didn't notice it when she clipped in at the top.
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Post by Crankmas » Mon Jun 14, 2010 12:57 pm

where were you at saxman you missed your cue ( pffft new gym owners slacking on their link providing, thanks for having his back neuroshock) wonder what route it was??

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Post by clif » Mon Jun 14, 2010 1:31 pm

chester makes a good point.

i'd like to emphasize that this is the hypothesized account and the link i pulled from the forum neuroshock linked to is for general enlightenment.

other posts mentioned the climb as Rico Suave.

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Post by bcombs » Mon Jun 14, 2010 1:40 pm

It is becoming a rough year. I can't remember the past few years even coming close in # of accidents and severity. Stay safe folks.

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Post by Crankmas » Mon Jun 14, 2010 1:49 pm

thanks for the info I couldn't open the 2nd link, it makes me wonder if the # of people climbing now has grown exponentially enough that the odds of accidents is just overwhelming??? collectively and individually a bummer

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Post by ReachHigh » Mon Jun 14, 2010 2:06 pm

The Petzl rubber carbiner keepers were designed and sold with quick draws (closed dog bone slings). I'm sure they are safe when used in this configuration.
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Post by Rollo » Mon Jun 14, 2010 6:13 pm

i had some extra Petzl Strings after i reconfigured my quickdraw set. I have been using them on a set of slings with locking ovals for a couple of years now...

i think i would notice if the slings were clipped within themselves but probably wouldn't have even seen the problem with it until i saw this video today.

Sad stuff.
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