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Everest climber helps avert Cat-astrophe

Postby Jakester » Thu Jan 14, 2010 4:44 pm

http://www.kxly.com/news/22230878/detail.html

"Animals are rescued in our community everyday, but on Wednesday a tiny kitten found perched high on a ledge on a bridge abutment was brought to safety by someone with a little bit more climbing experience than your average emergency responder."
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Postby nattfodd » Thu Jan 14, 2010 5:23 pm

If you look at the video and read the commentary, she actually rapped only about 2m and then is seen struggling to get back up with her ascender... Just goes to show how much climbing experience you need to bag the 7 summits, I guess.
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Everest climber helps avert a cat-astrophy

Postby Cy Kaicener » Thu Jan 14, 2010 5:32 pm

Interesting story. i googled Kay Leclaire and found this website
http://www.kayleclaire.com
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Postby Hotoven » Thu Jan 14, 2010 5:39 pm

nattfodd wrote:Just goes to show how much climbing experience you need to bag the 7 summits, I guess.


So true!

If that were me, I could be loading up my shotgun instead of gear!
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Postby Jakester » Thu Jan 14, 2010 5:51 pm

nattfodd wrote:If you look at the video and read the commentary, she actually rapped only about 2m and then is seen struggling to get back up with her ascender... Just goes to show how much climbing experience you need to bag the 7 summits, I guess.


Dude, she's over 60. I think it's cool.

http://www.kayleclaire.com/resume.html
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Postby nattfodd » Thu Jan 14, 2010 6:04 pm

Jakester wrote:
nattfodd wrote:If you look at the video and read the commentary, she actually rapped only about 2m and then is seen struggling to get back up with her ascender... Just goes to show how much climbing experience you need to bag the 7 summits, I guess.


Dude, she's over 60. I think it's cool.

http://www.kayleclaire.com/resume.html


And I bet the cat would agree. I was mostly reacting to the ridiculous tone of the article.
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Postby Buz Groshong » Thu Jan 14, 2010 6:20 pm

Jakester wrote:
nattfodd wrote:If you look at the video and read the commentary, she actually rapped only about 2m and then is seen struggling to get back up with her ascender... Just goes to show how much climbing experience you need to bag the 7 summits, I guess.


Dude, she's over 60. I think it's cool.

http://www.kayleclaire.com/resume.html


So what's the big deal about being over 60?
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Postby Alpinist » Thu Jan 14, 2010 6:24 pm

That's a great story and respectable for her age though I don't think a rope would have been needed for someone younger. She handed the cat to the other rescurers while standing on the ledge. A younger/stronger climber could easily have pulled themselves up off the ledge without a rope.
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Postby Ammon Hatch » Thu Jan 14, 2010 6:45 pm

Why is she wearing mountaineering boots? Was that what she was running in? Seems like she wanted to put on a show.
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Postby Hotoven » Thu Jan 14, 2010 6:50 pm

Buz Groshong wrote:
Jakester wrote:
nattfodd wrote:If you look at the video and read the commentary, she actually rapped only about 2m and then is seen struggling to get back up with her ascender... Just goes to show how much climbing experience you need to bag the 7 summits, I guess.


Dude, she's over 60. I think it's cool.

http://www.kayleclaire.com/resume.html


So what's the big deal about being over 60?


its a big deal for a 60 year old female, males on the other hand, it would have been a big deal if they were 90!
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Postby Buz Groshong » Thu Jan 14, 2010 6:52 pm

Hotoven wrote:
Buz Groshong wrote:
Jakester wrote:
nattfodd wrote:If you look at the video and read the commentary, she actually rapped only about 2m and then is seen struggling to get back up with her ascender... Just goes to show how much climbing experience you need to bag the 7 summits, I guess.


Dude, she's over 60. I think it's cool.

http://www.kayleclaire.com/resume.html


So what's the big deal about being over 60?


its a big deal for a 60 year old female, males on the other hand, it would have been a big deal if they were 90!


So you're saying I need to be looking for younger chicks?
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Postby Hotoven » Thu Jan 14, 2010 6:55 pm

Buz Groshong wrote:
Hotoven wrote:
Buz Groshong wrote:
Jakester wrote:
nattfodd wrote:If you look at the video and read the commentary, she actually rapped only about 2m and then is seen struggling to get back up with her ascender... Just goes to show how much climbing experience you need to bag the 7 summits, I guess.


Dude, she's over 60. I think it's cool.

http://www.kayleclaire.com/resume.html


So what's the big deal about being over 60?


its a big deal for a 60 year old female, males on the other hand, it would have been a big deal if they were 90!


So you're saying I need to be looking for younger chicks?


Sure!

What I meant is, you don't have to start saving cats until your 90! :D
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Postby MoapaPk » Thu Jan 14, 2010 7:16 pm

Ammon Hatch wrote:Why is she wearing mountaineering boots? Was that what she was running in? Seems like she wanted to put on a show.


She says that she went home and got her climbing equipment first.
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Postby climberslacker » Thu Jan 14, 2010 7:40 pm

but still, the boots were compleatly unnesesary, i would have prolly just hopped over and got the cat, it was what, 7 feet? at the most? But still cool that shes 60, and still doing that crap.

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Postby MoapaPk » Thu Jan 14, 2010 7:52 pm

climberslacker wrote:but still, the boots were compleatly unnesesary, i would have prolly just hopped over and got the cat, it was what, 7 feet? at the most? But still cool that shes 60, and still doing that crap.

-CS


It looks at least 7', but the main thing is that the top of the wall was well beyond her reach when she was on the ledge. More important, the narrow ledge was quite high up on the abutment. Unless one is extremely agile, just hopping down to the ledge would be extremely dangerous. And how would she get back up, once down, since she couldn't reach the top of the abutment?

I can't tell from the video, but the description makes it sound like she had tied friction knots, but hadn't used enough coils, so the knots were slipping. Maybe she did have an ascender.
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