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Re: Snow Nymph's Recent Climbing Accident

Postby Rockchucker » Thu Aug 08, 2013 8:20 pm

Wow glad it turned out ok(ish)! Heal fast, see you on the trail.
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Re: Snow Nymph's Recent Climbing Accident

Postby Fly Guy Dave » Thu Aug 08, 2013 11:08 pm

Quite a harrowing tale, glad you're still around to tell it.

Get well soon.

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Snow Nymph's Recent Climbing Accident

Postby ScoobyMike » Fri Aug 09, 2013 7:46 am

I am glad you are on the road to recovery and I hope you aren't hit with a huge bill for the helicopter. I know someone who go hit with a $35K air rescue bill. There is a company that offers insurance for $50 a year that might be of interest to others.

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Re: Snow Nymph's Recent Climbing Accident

Postby barrya » Fri Aug 09, 2013 9:33 am

Cori,

Bill Fincher just told us about your accident. I hope you heal quickly and well and I'm glad to see that you are out of the hospital. Good luck with your surgeries and I hope you heal up for ski season!

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Re: Snow Nymph's Recent Climbing Accident

Postby maverick » Fri Aug 09, 2013 10:05 am

Hi Barry,

Welcome to HST! Thanks for becoming a member so you can give Cori your well wishes
very considerate of you!
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Re: Snow Nymph's Recent Climbing Accident

Postby schmalz » Fri Aug 09, 2013 3:17 pm

So glad things weren't worse. Any ideas why the boulder moved? Were you just in the wrong place and the EXACT wrong time?
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Re: Snow Nymph's Recent Climbing Accident

Postby Don_P » Fri Aug 09, 2013 4:17 pm

Cori
Just got the word about your climbing accident. It's always horrible to hear about our mountain friends getting busted-up in the wild, but it was good to hear that SAR and Mammoth ER were there for you. And after you and Scott have returned to Santa Barbara, your SB trail friends are ready to help in any way…please let us know…maybe your raccoon buds will come visit you too!
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Re: Snow Nymph's Recent Climbing Accident

Postby Snow Nymph » Mon Aug 12, 2013 6:31 am

Thanks again! Barry and Don, glad to see you here. Surgery to fix clavicle (plate and pins) is scheduled for Wednesday (8/14), then Scott will drive me home Sunday. We'll leave his jeep here in Mammoth, and take the FJ home since the jeep is lifted. I can't drive since the shifting arm (clavicle) and clutch leg are both injured. I'm still in a sling, and walking (uncomfortable and slow) without the crutch. Typing with 1 finger since I can't lift my R arm.

The boulder was at the mouth of a chute. The other 2 women were climbing a CL3 wall, and one said she couldn't see if it went. I checked the little chute, put my hand on the boulder blocking the chute to look around and saw that it went up a ways. I took my hand off the boulder, walked around it and looked back to wait for the others. I saw something move on my right side, and saw the boulder tipping towards me and tried to get out of the way, but it was too late. I put my arm up and it got my R elbow, rolled over my pack and flipped me over and landed on my L butt cheek. It could have been a lot worse.
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Re: Snow Nymph's Recent Climbing Accident

Postby giantbrookie » Mon Aug 12, 2013 9:11 pm

That is certainly a scary story. It's good to hear that you are the mend. I was curious about the peak. I somehow get the impression that this is not the Virginia Peak in northern Yosemite (btw Spiller and Return Creeks and SE of Matterhorn), but that is the only Virginia Peak I know of. One of the routes on that peak features a loose chute with a class 3 section at its top (this is snow filled early season and very prominent from the south). Is this the same Virginia Peak you were hurt on, or was it a different Virginia Peak?
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Re: Snow Nymph's Recent Climbing Accident

Postby Snow Nymph » Mon Aug 12, 2013 9:49 pm

This was Virginia Pk in Northern Yosemite. We started at Green Creek. It was that loose chute.
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Re: Snow Nymph's Recent Climbing Accident

Postby giantbrookie » Mon Aug 12, 2013 11:08 pm

Snow Nymph wrote:This was Virginia Pk in Northern Yosemite. We started at Green Creek. It was that loose chute.

Wow. That brings the story even closer to home and makes my hair stand on end a bit more. I went up that chute back in 2001 (was camped at Return Lake). I recall that near the bottom of the class 3 section, the chute/chimney bifurcates. It was long enough ago that I don't remember whether I took the right or left one (seem to recall it was the right one), but I do recall there was some sort of obstruction in the bottom of the one I wanted to take, so I climbed a short distance up the other one, then did a delicate move across the spur between to switch chutes. I remember that move well because it was a bit uncomfortable owing to the looseness of the metamorphic rock. Best wishes for your surgery on Wednesday and quick recovery from your injuries.
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Re: Snow Nymph's Recent Climbing Accident

Postby Snow Nymph » Wed Aug 14, 2013 1:47 am

We camped at the tarns north of Return Lk. Kinda between Virginia Pk and Twin Pks.

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