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#64381 - 04/30/12 08:06 PM Re: Accident on Black Fly today [Re: SethG]
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Oh. I am so very sorry for her friends and family. So horrible.

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#64382 - 04/30/12 08:09 PM Re: Accident on Black Fly today [Re: SethG]
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Bkg's post: "The TR anchor did fail."
News article: "State police in Highland said that the Prezant's harness had come undone."

Which account is correct?
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#64383 - 04/30/12 08:27 PM Re: Accident on Black Fly today [Re: oenophore]
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I don't want to keep quoting from the rc.com thread (link above), but a person who was belaying on Black Fly next door said that the TR anchor failed, and that the webbing and rope fell down with the climber. So I think the newspaper has it wrong, as they often do.
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#64384 - 04/30/12 08:31 PM Re: Accident on Black Fly today [Re: SethG]
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So I think the newspaper has it wrong, as they often do.

Or perhaps the State Police in Highland is wrong here.
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#64385 - 04/30/12 08:36 PM Re: Accident on Black Fly today [Re: oenophore]
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Right, as I initially suggested. I didn't mean to blame the newspaper.
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#64387 - 04/30/12 09:10 PM Re: Accident on Black Fly today [Re: SethG]
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I guess "quick reply" isn't always a quick reply as my earlier story just popped up now.

The only addition to it is that the person from my group that saw a tear in the webbing was a fairly new climber also and what he saw could have easily been the tail to a water knot. A couple of the climbers from her group, as they were packing up after she was taken to the ambulance, were looking at their webbing and seemed confused as to how it actually failed.

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#64388 - 04/30/12 09:48 PM Re: Accident on Black Fly today [Re: Critter]
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the newspaper account is incorrect. all this speculation is understandable but its speculation. Many people were there and are offering elements of what might have occurred. Given time I am sure w. time some sort of analysis will be done perhaps by Rangers at the M.P.

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#64389 - 04/30/12 10:25 PM Re: Accident on Black Fly today [Re: bkg]
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My condolences. Is everyone talking about the big pine tree at the top of Black Fly / Nice Crack Climb? It seems like this tree is way too far to the right to make a suitable TR anchor for Easy Keyhole. Has anyone ever set this up before?

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#64390 - 04/30/12 10:36 PM Re: Accident on Black Fly today [Re: BNRhiker]
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BNRhiker. the title of this thread (and the one on rc.com) is wrong & the references to blackfly are wrong. the accident happened on Easy Keyhole. Coincidentally both climbs have large trees at the top of them.

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#64391 - 04/30/12 11:24 PM Re: Accident on Black Fly today [Re: bkg]
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Registered: 06/29/10
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So sad. It always hits close to home when another climber dies. For me, even more so when I was occupying the same crag at the time the accident took place. My condolences to her family and friends. Thoughts also go out to those who witnessed, responded, and participated in the rescue. I know how difficult it can be to be so closely involved in an incident such as this.

I wonder if a girth hitched dyneema sling was involved.

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