Elsies Peak rescue

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Elsies Peak rescue

Post by valconcorner » Fri Jan 06, 2017 7:04 pm

Wed 4 Jan a party of 3 climbed Amphitheatre Wall grade E1 on Elsies Peak
The accident happened at the start of pitch 4 graded D
The second man started climbing when only about 2 meters or so a hand hold broke off and he fell back down onto the ledge fracturing his tibia and fibula ( not sure which leg)
The lead man was about 30m above at the very top of the route and felt a solid tug on his belay at the time
The injured climber had his cell on him and notified rescue service and was collected by a small chopper and transferred to hospital and had surgery
The 3rd man and lead climber got themselves off by 8pm

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Re: Elsies Peak rescue

Post by Justin » Fri Jan 06, 2017 7:13 pm

Unfortunate and unlucky. Wishing the climber a speedy recovery.
Fortunate to have a good rescue team in the Cape :thumleft:

Below is a pic of the rescue from the AMS Facebook page.
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Re: Elsies Peak rescue

Post by ant » Mon Jan 09, 2017 4:51 pm

Thanks for the recount.

For reference, WSAR is an umbrella group comprising many bodies, both professional and volunteer.
Calls are co-ordinated by Metro, part of provincial Department of Health, and they call on the individual resources required for each particular incident. In this case:

- The Air-Mercy Service Skymed helicopter, provided by Dep of Health
- Metro Rescue Technician and ALS Paramedic
- Volunteer climber and doctor from the Mountain Club
- A team of 3 volunteer logistics and radio operators
- An additional 8 volunteers from the Mountain Club's team en-route in case the helicopter failed.

Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

For reference, the best contact number for mountain rescue in the Western Cape is:
- WSAR: 021 937 0300
- Mountain Club: David Nel 082 499 9656; Ant Hall 082 290 2937 (who respond directly to WSAR/Metro)

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Re: Elsies Peak rescue

Post by Outthere » Mon Jan 09, 2017 7:40 pm

Any idea if he decked due to rope stretch, or excess slack in the system?

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Re: Elsies Peak rescue

Post by Jarrett » Tue Jan 10, 2017 8:29 am

Yoh, good job to all involved! Comes to show you should never underestimate the chances of falling on an easy route... (talking to myself)

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Re: Elsies Peak rescue

Post by Gadget » Tue Jan 10, 2017 2:17 pm

More photos incl. of the cliff face here https://www.facebook.com/MCSASAR/posts/1877209732498153

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