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Ok, you\'ve been Lucky!

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Location: Italy, Europe

Lat/Lon: 45.88618°N / 7.95959°E

Object Title: Ok, you've been Lucky!

Date Climbed/Hiked: Sep 27, 2011

Activities: Hiking

Season: Fall

 

Page By: Diveria

Created/Edited: Dec 15, 2011 / Dec 19, 2011

Object ID: 765724

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Page Score: 86.37%  - 22 Votes 

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Sometimes you hear about accidents happening on the mountains, maybe on relatively easy routes, and you wonder how it's possible.
On September 27, a thursday, I was sure I would have found nobody on the normal route to Monte Tagliaferro, but instead, despite the season and the normal working day, twelve people climbed the summit on that day.
I left my home at 7 AM and I drove for two hours to get to the village of Rima. It took me 3 hours and an half to gain the 1600 meters of elevation that divide the summit from the small village.
I found some people already on their way down while I was still scrambling up, but I was respecting my schedule for the day so I didn't mind about being the last one to get on the top. The weather was cloudy, but the evening before the forecast was not for rain.
I reached the highest point at half past twelve, while other five people were about living the summit.
I had my lunch, I took some shots despite the cloudy sky and then I engaged my way down.
I found the last five people I met on the summit still at Passo del Gatto, the key point of the normal route.
It was clear that I was quicker than them so they let me go ahead and I started the infamous descent along the slippery slope above the Vallarolo cirque.
Some years ago a landslide interested the path in one of its steeper points. The woman behind me slipped away exactly in that point, but luckily she could stop almost instantaneously. She was ok but she looked almost stricken by the panic.
Below passo del gatto the slope of the mountain is so steep that it's really a challenge to grab someone that stays below you: you really risk to overturn yourself and fall down.
I was slightly below the frightened woman, so I offered my help: it was only a matter to guide her to make the safe steps.
I indicated to the woman where to place her feet and, in a couple of cases, I used directly one of my hand, raising it up above my head, to place them.
Everything went fine until I was moving to let the woman take my place at the beginning of a more relaxed traverse, but she was so in a hurry to leave the exposed part of the path that she crawled between me and the slope without leaving me the time to do it, making me lose my balance and fall down.
With her body placed between me and every possible handhold of the slope, in a fraction of a second I gave up the Idea of holding myself to her backpack, because that could probably cause the fall of both of us.
It took me three horrible somersaults to stop myself right before the beginning of a rocky couloir, where I could broke my head.
I tried to get up: luckily my legs were ok, but I had my left leg and arm covered by blood. Some rock had in fact lacerated my skin, but, as I immediately told to myself: "Ok, you've been Lucky!"
I had to get back to the pass above, because it was too dangerous to cross back to the trail from the position where I was.
It was really an horrible sensation to scramble up on that slippery slope, while the sensation of falling in to the void was still present in my stomach and in my head.
When I reached the other guys the woman was crying and she was saying that she was so sorry.
One of the men with her offered himself to run down to the village and call for a rescue.
I was more angry than frightened, even If I knew that there was nobody to really blame on.
I told them that I was ok and I run down to the village. Along the way down also my wrist started to give me pain.
In Rima I washed my injuries in a water fountain and I got back to my car. It was hard to drive with that aching wrist but I could come back home.
An infection caught my injuries and a micro fracture was present in my wrist bones, but, once again: "Ok, you've been Lucky!"

Tagliaferro South ridge
The south ridge from the summit to Passo del Gatto and the huge Soth shoulder


Tagliaferro. Summit shot.
The Vallarolo cirque from the summit


Tagliaferro, Fall 2011, Summitshot
Summit shot


And you can say you ve been lucky
Ok, you've been lucky!

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Tagliaferro routes map01And you can say you\'ve been luckyTagliaferro, Fall 2011, SummitshotPasso del gatto.Tagliaferro. Summit shot.

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DiveriaRe: In montagna,

Diveria

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Ciao, grazie per l'apprezzamento. Purtroppo certe cose ti succedono e proprio non riesci a evitarle. In realtà non ho fatto poi molto: ho solo aiutato una persona a mettere i piedi in modo da non scivolare. Mai e poi mai evrei pensato sarebbe finita così, anche se nell'aria si respirava quella tensione che di solito prelude sempre a qualcosa poco simpatico. Comunque diciamo che è andata bene!
Marco.
Posted Dec 15, 2011 10:50 am

lcarreauRe: In montagna,

lcarreau

Voted 10/10

Sperando hai un recupero veloce, ma non credo che questo sia il modo per incontrare le donne!
Posted Dec 18, 2011 8:54 am

lcarreauRe: Too many punches!

lcarreau

Voted 10/10

Seriously, when I first saw this, I thought Marco had taken
a tumble (spill?)on his motorcycle.

Same thing happened to me several years ago ..

Then, my wife got JEALOUS, so had to take her for a RIDE!
Posted Dec 18, 2011 2:28 pm

DiveriaRe: Too many punches!

Diveria

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Hi Larry!
First of all My compliments for your italian!
You are right: there are better, and safer, ways to meet women.
Anyway: I have some scars also to remember me the risks of riding a motorcycle, but even in those cases I have been lucky.
Cheers Marco!
Posted Dec 19, 2011 2:54 am

DrJonnieA warning

DrJonnie

Voted 10/10

sorry to hear that in the cause of helping others, you got yourself injured. This should be a salutary lesson to others. On dangerous ground always keep aware and look after your own safety. By all means offer help when it is needed but not at unnecessary risk to yourself. Every mountaineer goes onto the hills aware of the risks, some are unavoidable, but in the case you mentioned probably not. I hope your injuries have healed fully and have been no deterrent to further trips. Cheers Johnnie
Posted Dec 20, 2011 6:12 am

DiveriaRe: A warning

Diveria

Hasn't voted

Thanks! Fortunately now I am fine... deciding when and how to offer your help is definitely an hard business when you are in a risky situation.
Posted Dec 25, 2011 4:03 pm

TyeDyeTwinsMan that has to hurt!

TyeDyeTwins

Voted 10/10

Oh man that looks bad. I watched my twin go head over heels down a steep icy gully while skiing and his arm got ripped up a bit worse than that. The original injury was bad but the fungal infection that ensued was horrific! Best of luck to your recovery! Keep it clean bro!
Posted Dec 21, 2011 1:57 pm

DiveriaRe: Man that has to hurt!

Diveria

Hasn't voted

Infections sometimes are really worse than the injuries. Merry Christmas Bro!
Posted Dec 25, 2011 3:58 pm

guvLucky!!!

guv

Hasn't voted

Hope you recovery fully and back out in the hills soon.
Posted Dec 24, 2011 7:01 pm

DiveriaRe: Lucky!!!

Diveria

Hasn't voted

thanks! Luckily now I am fine. Merry Christmas!
Posted Dec 25, 2011 3:55 pm

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