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#66997 - 12/03/12 10:15 PM injured climber
Victoria Offline

Registered: 12/03/12
Posts: 3
Hi, my husband and I were hiking along the undercliffs trail yesterday (Sunday) when we were summoned by rescue workers. A climber had fallen (just opposite the connecter trail), and we helped carry his stretcher down to the road. I've been thinking of him since, and hope he is recovering quickly. I am wondering if anyone has information about how he is doing. My thoughts are with him and his family.

#66998 - 12/04/12 01:38 AM Re: injured climber [Re: Victoria]
PeterW Offline

Registered: 12/04/12
Posts: 2
Assuming it is the same incident: the climber was the son of a friend of mine. He was on Shockley's and slipped on the easy section about 35' up and decked. He is in the hospital with a broken pelvis and will have surgery on wednesday. Not sure if there are any other major injuries.

I was not at the cliff. This was all relayed to me by my friend via phone.

#66999 - 12/04/12 03:09 AM Re: injured climber [Re: PeterW]
Coppertone Offline
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Registered: 08/17/00
Posts: 1055
Loc: Newtown, CT
Speedy recovery. Sounds bad but could of been worse from that high.

#67002 - 12/04/12 11:57 AM Re: injured climber [Re: Coppertone]
Victoria Offline

Registered: 12/03/12
Posts: 3
Thank you for the information. Glad it's not worse. continued good thoughts for a quick recovery.

#67003 - 12/04/12 02:04 PM Re: injured climber [Re: Victoria]
Rickster Offline
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Registered: 10/16/07
Posts: 853
Loc: Orange Cty, NY
Yes, he broke his pelvis in two places and suffered additional internal injuries. Best wishes for a rapid and complete recovery.

#67005 - 12/04/12 02:57 PM Re: injured climber [Re: Rickster]
SethG Offline
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Registered: 12/16/08
Posts: 714
Loc: NYC
Sorry to hear of this, best of luck to the injured climber. Sounds like he's lucky to be alive if he really decked from 35 feet up.
It's true, I have a blog.

#67006 - 12/04/12 04:20 PM Re: injured climber [Re: SethG]
TerrieM Online   content

Registered: 05/14/09
Posts: 426
Loc: Gunks in Summer, Southwest in ...
His dad is one of the guys who has been responsible for the stonework on the newer rehabs on access trails, and has given a lot to the Preserve. If you have the time, take a few moments out and send positive vibes, say a prayer, whatever you do, for dad and son as they go through this.

I met the fallen climber only a few times in passing. He is a strong, competent climber and a really good person. Respectful of others but alive with a personal energy and strong individuality. Best wishes for to him and dad while they work through this onsight crux sequence.

#67008 - 12/05/12 12:27 AM Re: injured climber [Re: TerrieM]
Andre Offline

Registered: 03/04/09
Posts: 5
More sad news of accidents in the Gunks. Hope the climber heals and fully recovers.

Decking from 35-feet...was there no gear in-place/did gear rip? Hard to believe this could happen.

#67011 - 12/05/12 03:46 PM Re: injured climber [Re: Andre]
chip Offline
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Registered: 10/06/01
Posts: 2679
Loc: Sittin' Pretty in Fat City
Quick recovery prayers for all involved.

#67013 - 12/05/12 03:48 PM Re: injured climber [Re: Rickster]
ianmanger Offline

Registered: 04/25/03
Posts: 319
Ouch, best wishes for a speedy recovery.

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