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Mixed Climbing Avalanche Accident.m4v

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Uploaded on Nov 11, 2011

WARNING: PROFANITY AND GRAPHIC IMAGES

This accident occurred on Nov 6th 2011 in South East Wyoming on a first ascent of a previously unclimbed route (it's been climbed in the summer - never as an ice climb as far as we know).

I am posting the video as a reminder of how challenging self-rescue is when things go wrong on an alpine climb. Our climb was only two miles from the road, but a broken ankle made it feel much farther. I hope this video helps other climbers make wise choices about how they manage risk.

Oh...and, yes, that is a reference to Touching the Void.

Enjoy,
Ed

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