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Hiker rescued after fall near El Diente

Postby robby40 » Tue Jun 25, 2013 8:17 am

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Re: Headline: Hiker rescued after fall near El Diente

Postby jblyth » Tue Jun 25, 2013 11:11 am

Wow, I hope he recovers well. My partner and I did the traverse on Sunday but didn't see anyone else after leaving the El Diente summit around 10ish. It's a fun climb, but definitely loose and airey in places.

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Re: Headline: Hiker rescued after fall near El Diente

Postby MaximusAndMe » Tue Jun 25, 2013 3:21 pm

I was with Matt (dubsho3000) when he fell Sunday. A rock came loose on the traverse and he pitched over the edge. He suffered a traumatic fracture of the ankle and is recovering in the hospital now. We are extremely grateful to the entire team that helped with his rescue. The SAR team, sheriff's dept., and national guard were all incredible. I am also very thankful for the climbers who ran into us after the fall and stayed with us through the entire ordeal. Jeff and Aaron helped us down the mountain with all of our gear and escorted Joanne and I back to our camp. A Boston man and his wife helped us pack out in the morning. We are forever grateful to all of these wonderful and selfless people. Thank you.

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Re: Headline: Hiker rescued after fall near El Diente

Postby mtgirl » Tue Jun 25, 2013 3:31 pm

Wishing Matt a speedy recovery. Must have been a scary situation, and I'm glad he survived to hike another day. As always, kudos to SAR. They are an amazing group of folks.
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Postby bergsteigen » Tue Jun 25, 2013 3:32 pm

Matt, I hope you have a full recovery! Hopefully in time for the ski season at least.
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Re: Headline: Hiker rescued after fall near El Diente

Postby Doctor No » Tue Jun 25, 2013 3:34 pm

Get well soon, Matt!

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Re: Headline: Hiker rescued after fall near El Diente

Postby James Dziezynski » Tue Jun 25, 2013 3:35 pm

Yikes man, they just don't build mountains like they used to!

Cheers to SAR and for your improvised "team" to help Matt off the mountain. Thank goodness he's recovering, sending good thoughts from Boulder!
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Re: Hiker rescued after fall near El Diente

Postby Mel McKinney » Tue Jun 25, 2013 4:29 pm

Wishing you a full and speedy recovery Matt! Very glad this had a better outcome than it certainly could have.
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Re: Hiker rescued after fall near El Diente

Postby EatinHardtack » Tue Jun 25, 2013 4:46 pm

Holy s**t! Matt hope your doing ok buddy!!!

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Re: Hiker rescued after fall near El Diente

Postby semitrueskerm » Tue Jun 25, 2013 4:54 pm

My best to Matt. Relieved this has a good outcome.

My complete admiration to the Rescue Teams and National Guard. To pluck a person from 14,000, especially on that ridgeline, is one of the most amazing feats I've ever heard of. In complete awe. If there are any pics of this available, I'd love to see them.

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Re: Hiker rescued after fall near El Diente

Postby Tatra » Tue Jun 25, 2013 7:34 pm

Glad Matt got a second chance and he is OK. Wishing you very speedy recovery! I definitely won't forget this place. I was doing the traverse exactly a year ago on Sunday and when getting closer to Mt Wilson, I touched a loose boulder that decided to come down and pulled me down with all the other rocks. I was very lucky because before going over the cliff I was able to grab a stable boulder and the slide went over me. Will never forget that feeling...Fun but dangerous 2 mountains.

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Re: Hiker rescued after fall near El Diente

Postby JTOlson26 » Tue Jun 25, 2013 7:42 pm

Glad to hear of this outcome! Get better quick, Matt. As everyone else has said, kudos to the SAR!
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