/ Giant ice break, is it real?

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Kemics - on 20 Feb 2013
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yH-cjyeVtSc

3:20 in this video, someone climbing a giant formation and the whole thing breaks away...is this real....are they okay?

Talk about an "oh crap" moment
jas wood - on 20 Feb 2013
In reply to Kemics: Seen that clip before, unsure of the consequences but pretty sure it's real !
Timmd on 20 Feb 2013
In reply to jas wood:He has quite a long way to fall. I find myself thinking the ice crumbling might have slowed it down a bit?

I don't know how much that is wishfull thinking.
flat eric - on 20 Feb 2013
In reply to Kemics:

Christ, that is terrifying.
In reply to Timmd:
> I find myself thinking the ice crumbling might have slowed it down a bit?
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> I don't know how much that is wishfull thinking.

Several thousands tonnes of ice in free-fall slowing down, how does that work then?


Chris
CurlyStevo - on 20 Feb 2013
In reply to Kemics:
This has been posted many times before in one form or another and others have said the climber was OK
Timmd on 20 Feb 2013
In reply to Kemics:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2094837/Clinging-dear-life-Climber-tackles-100ft-pillar-ice-...

If the ten floor fall from an ice pillar collapsing mentioned here is the same fall, it seems he was eeriously injured, but not killed. Geologically speaking it looks like the same area at least.

I dare say it'd be possible to find out on some American/Canadian climbing forums.
Timmd on 20 Feb 2013
In reply to Chris Craggs:
> (In reply to Timmd)
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> Several thousands tonnes of ice in free-fall slowing down, how does that work then?
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> Chris

May I point out I did say I didn't know how much it was wishfull thinking? (;-))

My thinking was that by the time the bit he was attached to got to ground level, the rest of the column might have crumpled like egg boxes or card board boxes, and slowed it down a little bit.



Simon Caldwell - on 20 Feb 2013
In reply to Kemics:
It seems unlikely that a film made to promote ice climbing would feature somebody dying or getting seriously injured
Simon Caldwell - on 20 Feb 2013
In reply to Toreador:
though a quick Google suggests otherwise
http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=1057501
xplorer on 21 Feb 2013
In reply to Chris Craggs:

Chris strikes again............ Do you drink that yellow stuff in tins
CurlyStevo - on 21 Feb 2013
In reply to Toreador:
Good find - well that settles it at least badly injured then!
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Kemics - on 21 Feb 2013
In reply to Kemics:

Would have been wild if he had his other tool higher and had been left hanging by one arm to figure 4 his way up to glory :)

Great to know he survived. He's going to have some gold standard pub bragging rights.

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