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Smith Rock Climber Survives 40-Foot Fall, Rescued by SAR

Smith Rock Climber Survives 40-Foot Fall
KTVZ.COM News Sources
October 2, 2010

TERREBONNE, Ore. -- A Pennsylvania climber survived a 40-foot fall at Smith Rock State Park Saturday when his anchor points holding a safety line broke, apparently causing the line to snap as well, rescuers said.

Deschutes County sheriff’s deputies and Sheriff’s Search and Rescue crews were dispatched around 2:30 p.m. on a report of the fallen climber in the North Gorge area, said Deputy Rhett Hemphill, SAR operations manager.

Redmond Fire rescue-medic personnel also responded to the park and rappelled to the location of Abraham Traven, 24, of Kintnersville, Pa., treating him for his injuries.

Hemphill said Traven had been climbing the west side of the Gorge climbing area when he encountered the failure in his safety gear, falling about 40 feet.

Rescuers raised Traven about 80 feet, to the edge of the canyon, and moved him to a waiting Redmond Fire ambulance, Hemphill said.

Traven was taken to St. Charles Medical Center-Redmond with non-life-threatening injuries, the deputy said.

A total of 19 Sheriff’s SAR members responded to assist with the call, Hemphill added.


Comments posted on

LUCKY young man! Hope he recovers quickly. Isn't it unusual for more than a single anchor point to fail?

Robert Speik
Hello OldTimerOriginal-
Traditions and technical training combined with extraordinary gear make it very unusual for the following quote from the official news Release: "his anchor points holding a safety line broke, apparently causing the line to snap as well, rescuers said."

It seems more likely that the Official Report is inaccurate. Perhaps we can find out more to perhaps save a life.
--Robert Speik

OldTimerOriginal in reply to Robert_Speik
Thank you! Just didn't make sense. I'm no climber, but I do know enough to know that most if not all use more than one safety point. Except them crazy free climbers.....which I DID do, once. Too SCARY!

Barney Lerten in reply to Robert_Speik
Actually that was NOT in the news release but from Rhett Hemphill when I asked for more specifics, prefaced by the words "I believe..." so... there's the proper context.



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