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Thread: Tuckerman's Accident - Two Hikers fall/slide 500 plus over the lip

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    Tuckerman's Accident - Two Hikers fall/slide 500 plus over the lip

    Pretty amazing given how much rock and ice is showing. Microspikes on one, no mention of what the other was wearing. I think those folks should have stopped to buy their lottery tickets on the way home as this could have been a lot worse. If the competing models for the Saturday storm ever agree it looks like the Whites could get a lot of wet snow this weekend but expect folks who got rain down south will be up here underquipped on Sunday and Monday.

    https://www.conwaydailysun.com/news/...a95136120.html

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    That could've been bad.

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    Interesting they refused medical treatment after walking to the floor of the ravine under their own power and then getting a snow machine ride the rest of the way down. Hope they had a fresh pair of underwear in their car. Also of note how according to the article the second man fell down a few minutes later. Makes you wonder if they might have been intentional about butt sliding the Headwall. "Hey you go first"...."No you"..."No you"...a serious game of rock , paper, scissors must have ensued.
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    Let me get this straight...they walked up Tucks, almost to the top, and then slid down? How did they not fall long before that?

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    It's nice to be young and flexible. Thinking this time of year hikers should have been on Lion's Head and climbers with equipment should be on the wall until there is enough snow for skiing.

    They should be bruised and sore the next couple of days.
    Have fun & be safe
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike P. View Post

    They should be bruised and sore the next couple of days.
    Not to one up these guys but when we use to do this kind thing back in the 70’s we at least brought a cafeteria tray along for some body armor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by egilbe View Post
    Let me get this straight...they walked up Tucks, almost to the top, and then slid down? How did they not fall long before that?
    IMHO, going up is often easier than going down. Not making excuses for them, just sayin'. My avatar is a pic of my first experience with Microspikes (on the Lion Head summer trail, in November, many years ago). Going down was definitely harder.
    Last edited by Mac; 01-14-2021 at 10:22 AM.

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    Whenever is gravity your friend? Think about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hillwalker View Post
    Whenever is gravity your friend? Think about it.
    Well, if not for gravity, it would be hard to sit in my chair and type this reply.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hillwalker View Post
    Whenever is gravity your friend? Think about it.
    Have you ever gone skydiving?
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    Quote Originally Posted by skiguy View Post
    Not to one up these guys but when we use to do this kind thing back in the 70’s we at least brought a cafeteria tray along for some body armor.
    Pizza pans work well too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SherpaWill View Post
    Pizza pans work well too.
    Not to one up you but cafeteria trays steer better.
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    Swiss Bobs were popular. I got schooled on them by a couple of old timers that hiked up to the headwall whenever the weather was good and would slide down the Sherburne in the afternoon. They showed me the trick was to glue a piece of ensolite foam on top of the seat to improve the control. I still have two of them. The double wall design makes a big difference when encountering roots and rocks.

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    Hope these guys had a good ride home without anymore skid marks.
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    Well, next time you’re up there if a guy with a tray in his hand says “hold my beer” you’ll know what’s about to happen.

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