In conjunction with the American Alpine Club (AAC)’s annual publication, Accidents in North American Climbing, the Sharp End podcast—hosted by Ashley Saupe—interviews the climbers and rescuers involved in these reported accidents, to share their lessons and help us all become safer in the outdoors.

In this episode, we hear from Craig Gorder, who with his partner, Kelsey Brasseur, attempted to climb all seven towers of the Bridger Jack formation in Utah in a single day. Amidst their effort, as Craig started up the second pitch of Hummingbird Spire (their fifth tower of the day), he pulled off a huge sandstone block that crushed his body and cut his rope, leaving him hanging below Kelsey. In the interview, Craig shares the details of the accident and the remarkable rescue that followed.

For more information, read Craig’s incident report in the 2017 edition of Accidents in North American Climbing.

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