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PostPosted: Mon Nov 18, 2013 9:57 am 
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Real Name: Malcolm Venter
On Sunday (yesterday), my friends and myself were involved in a dramatic rescue on the lower Silvermine crag. During the walk out a large boulder dislodged from the wall and crushed my friends leg. He is ok and recovering in hospital.
In order to make access easier for paramedics I attached a series of slings to a shrub to hold the vegetation out of the way. In our haste to evacuate this equipment was left behind. If you are going to Silvermine, and happen to walk past the lower crag please could you retrieve my stuff.
There are 2 slings, 2 prussic loops, and 2 screwgate carabiners.
I would go myself, but because of work commitments I wont be able to get there again before Saturday. Thanking you as a community in advance.

Please also take care when walking/hiking/bouldering/climbing. After all of the heavy rain, rocks are more likely to slip. Make sure that you are not on your own. This was an experienced climber who happened to pull on the wrong rock at the wrong time. It was very fortunate that he was not on his own, or this might have ended in tragedy. Take care out there.

Malcolm


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 18, 2013 10:57 am 
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Wow, I'm glad you guys are OK. I hope your friend recovers quickly.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 18, 2013 11:00 am 
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Thank you.
He is incredibly strong and fit, so I'm sure that he will recover relatively quickly.
Another friend of mine just called to say he has collected the gear.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 18, 2013 12:31 pm 
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I hope your friend recovers soon.

Did you take some photographs of said boulder? One never thinks Silvermine could be a dangerous place.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 18, 2013 1:24 pm 
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Thanks Henk.
No unfortunately I didn't take a picture of the boulder. It was a large flake that just sheared off. Thousands of people (myself included) have used that rock to negotiate the path. It was just incredibly bad luck for it to happen when it did. Obviously the rain loosened things up a bit, so just be careful out there.


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