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PostWed Nov 06, 2019 3:34 pm 
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From the Wenatchee paper:

Man survives fall on Cannon Mountain

By Pete O'Cain
World staff writer Nov 6, 2019

LEAVENWORTH — A Seattle man was hospitalized Tuesday after he was badly injured on Cannon Mountain, spent a day hoping for rescue and then walked out on his own.

Ryan Cairnes, 36, summited the 8,638-foot peak in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness on Sunday afternoon and then fell during his descent, striking rocks and suffering substantial injuries, said Jason Reinfeld with the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office.

He stayed in place in a sleeping bag all day Monday in hopes that a helicopter would find him.

“Tuesday morning, he figured he’s going to have to work his way out,” Reinfeld said.

The sheriff’s office wasn’t notified the Cairnes was missing until Monday afternoon. Due to the impending darkness, the department couldn’t respond with a helicopter until Tuesday morning, Reinfeld said.

“So, he ended up going cross country and came out on the trail last night where some rescuers found him,” Reinfeld said.
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PostWed Nov 06, 2019 5:55 pm 
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The initial call to the Sheriff's Office reporting Cairnes as a potentially overdue climber was made on Monday at about 2:00 pm by his mother in Pennsylvania....Family believed Cairnes had planned to be out Sunday evening, but was not certain of his itinerary and had little additional information.

This guy was really lucky.  Again, an incident where a PLB would have made a difference.
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PostWed Nov 06, 2019 6:32 pm 
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Glad he made it out.

He was smart to wear a helmet and carry overnight gear, and he handled himself well after tbe fall.

Good recovery.
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PostWed Nov 06, 2019 8:07 pm 
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Schroder wrote:
This guy was really lucky.

Whoa.  Just read that report.  That guy was extremely lucky to have made it to the Stuart Lake trail just as that rescue team was exiting.  Unbelievable...  And that fall--400' down a bouldery couloir.  Good grief.  In spite of his fall, so many other things lined up for him to survive.  ~z
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PostThu Nov 07, 2019 6:43 am 
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Not just lucky, but prepared, competent, and cool-headed.  Cannon is a lonely place even in the middle of summer.
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PostThu Nov 07, 2019 7:43 am 
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If he was really lucky he would not have slipped and we would not be talking about him.

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PostThu Nov 07, 2019 7:47 am 
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neek wrote:
Not just lucky, but prepared, competent, and cool-headed.

Yes.  I thought so as well.

I was commenting mainly on the timing of their meeting at the trail.  ~z
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PostThu Nov 07, 2019 8:51 am 
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Schroder wrote:
Again, an incident where a PLB would have made a difference

This.. and it's why I always carry...
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PostThu Nov 07, 2019 11:24 am 
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I think he is lucky to have survived his fall.
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PostThu Nov 07, 2019 4:29 pm 
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Schroder wrote:
Again, an incident where a PLB would have made a difference

This.. and it's why I always carry...

if the device was attached to the outside of his pack would it have survived the tumble?

I carry one.  And I keep it attached to my shoulder strap.


Would it survive a 400 foot tumble?

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PostThu Nov 07, 2019 8:44 pm 
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Probably not...  I keep mine in the top lid of my backpack...  Tho when I'm out solo it easily stores in my hipbelt pocket
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PostFri Nov 08, 2019 1:32 pm 
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When I read the title, I expected to see autumn photos from the Chants.  This is much worse.
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PostFri Nov 08, 2019 3:22 pm 
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Will it survive a 400 foot tumble? Those things are built pretty tough. Ryan survived, an emergency device may have survived as well. One thing for certain, it stands a better chance of being useful after a fall than if it was still in a box at REI. I certainly would encourage anyone hiking off trail or in remote areas to carry something.
I was surprised to see he was wearing his helmet when he fell. I certainly wouldn't have been. Very likely contributed to saving his life. Should make us all think. Good for him.
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PostFri Nov 08, 2019 3:31 pm 
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coldrain108 wrote:
Would it survive a 400 foot tumble?

It is not unlikely it could be torn off and lost. That is what happened to my friend in a fall of about 140 feet down a steep slope.

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