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Surviving from a crevasse fall in the Himalayas

Postby GPSGuided » Fri 23 May, 2014 1:48 pm

20m drop and very lucky to be alive. Amazed that he actually managed to climb back out by himself.

http://www.smh.com.au/world/us-climber- ... zrlym.html
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Re: Surviving from a crevasse fall in the Himalayas

Postby RonK » Fri 23 May, 2014 2:08 pm

GPSGuided wrote:20m drop and very lucky to be alive. Amazed that he actually managed to climb back out by himself.

Very lucky. A Joe Simpson moment - have you read or seen the documentary Touching the Void?
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Re: Surviving from a crevasse fall in the Himalayas

Postby GPSGuided » Fri 23 May, 2014 2:22 pm

I have not but will read about it. I get the impression that high altitude mountaineers really have a different mind set. Incredible stuff.
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Surviving from a crevasse fall in the Himalayas

Postby RonK » Fri 23 May, 2014 6:22 pm

Simpson's story will put this incident into perspective.

I found the book so harrowing that I've never been able to watch the documentary.
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Re: Surviving from a crevasse fall in the Himalayas

Postby RonK » Fri 23 May, 2014 6:35 pm

Aslo interesting to note from this news report implies that he was able request assistance using Facebook.
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Re: Surviving from a crevasse fall in the Himalayas

Postby GPSGuided » Fri 23 May, 2014 6:48 pm

Just read the synopsis on Wiki of the story. Luck and strength was on his side.
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Re: Surviving from a crevasse fall in the Himalayas

Postby photohiker » Sat 24 May, 2014 4:09 pm

RonK wrote:Aslo interesting to note from this news report implies that he was able request assistance using Facebook.


I think he requested assistance by satellite messenger, could have been a yellowbrick or similar or he would have just pressed the SOS button on a Delorme. You can route messages from these devices to email, facebook, twitter etc.

Edit. Actually it was a delorme. wonder why he didn't SOS. :?
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Re: Surviving from a crevasse fall in the Himalayas

Postby Strider » Sat 24 May, 2014 4:21 pm

photohiker wrote:Actually it was a delorme. wonder why he didn't SOS. :?

Foreign country and a lack of faith in local rescue services perhaps? With his family and friends aware of his situation, they could may have been able push authorities harder for results if necessary.
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Re: Surviving from a crevasse fall in the Himalayas

Postby GPSGuided » Sat 24 May, 2014 4:37 pm

photohiker wrote:Edit. Actually it was a delorme. wonder why he didn't SOS. :?

Obviously a tough guy. It was just a scratch! :wink:
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Re: Surviving from a crevasse fall in the Himalayas

Postby photohiker » Sat 24 May, 2014 4:59 pm

Found it on the linked page above. He was using Global Rescue, a subscription based worldwide rescue service.
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Re: Surviving from a crevasse fall in the Himalayas

Postby icefest » Sat 24 May, 2014 5:12 pm

photohiker wrote:Found it on the linked page above. He was using Global Rescue, a subscription based worldwide rescue service.
Here is their press report on the topic: https://www.globalrescue.com/about.cfm?view=news&article=123
Men wanted for hazardous journey. Low wages, bitter cold, long hours of complete darkness. Safe return doubtful.
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Re: Surviving from a crevasse fall in the Himalayas

Postby RonK » Sat 24 May, 2014 7:36 pm

photohiker wrote:
RonK wrote:Aslo interesting to note from this news report implies that he was able request assistance using Facebook.


I think he requested assistance by satellite messenger, could have been a yellowbrick or similar or he would have just pressed the SOS button on a Delorme. You can route messages from these devices to email, facebook, twitter etc.

Edit. Actually it was a delorme. wonder why he didn't SOS. :?

I thought that too, but it's just an ad for Delorme. I have an Inreach myself, and know that it has the capability, but read the story on News.com and he quite clearly says he used Facebook to post a request for help.

Hmmm - an Inreach SE does provide access to Facebook. But why didn't he use the SOS button?
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Re: Surviving from a crevasse fall in the Himalayas

Postby photohiker » Sat 24 May, 2014 8:35 pm

Because he has a subscription to Global Rescue?

GEOS will activate the local rescue response by default. If you want Global Rescue, you contact them direct.
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Re: Surviving from a crevasse fall in the Himalayas

Postby GPSGuided » Sat 24 May, 2014 8:39 pm

What did he say in his FB post?
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Re: Surviving from a crevasse fall in the Himalayas

Postby Strider » Sat 24 May, 2014 9:17 pm

GPSGuided wrote:What did he say in his FB post?
See link posted above by RonK
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Re: Surviving from a crevasse fall in the Himalayas

Postby GPSGuided » Sun 25 May, 2014 1:52 am

Surely he sent more than just "SOS".
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Re: Surviving from a crevasse fall in the Himalayas

Postby roysta » Sun 25 May, 2014 8:35 pm

No what he meant was why didn't he hit the SOS button on the inReach?
It has a designated SOS button.
Having an inReach myself I was wondering the same thing.
He could've done that as well as send off a Facebook message.
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Re: Surviving from a crevasse fall in the Himalayas

Postby RonK » Sun 25 May, 2014 9:45 pm

Photohiker spotted the reason. He's a Global Rescue member.
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