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Anyone know about the block coming off Odin?
6:30:49 PM
In a great failure on behalf of the internet, I can't find anything more than confirmation on the crag that it's gone, apparently from someone falling on a cam placed behind it and multiple people were hurt.
7:44:25 PM
Huge block, exploded on impact, 7 people on the ground injured by flying debris, 1 still in critical condition.
One Day Hero
9:20:36 PM
Fark. Hope everyone makes it and injuries heal.
9:28:48 PM
When did this happen RAB?
9:51:35 PM
Nah, nowhere near as bad as that.
More info on the ACAQ website.
10:01:05 PM
Where on the ACAQ website, I couldn't see anything
1:02:35 AM
Facebook page
6:57:36 AM
The facebook page doesn't seem to show posts to non-members?

Was there any signs of the block going in the preceding weeks? Had it been raining just before it went? Was the gear somewhere where many others would have used and probably fallen on the same placement before?

Frog throws a lot of small shit off all the time, but just occasionally, it throws of something huge. Scary shit.

8:15:14 AM
link to thecrag for those that are interested.

ACAQ facebook page
9:50:15 AM
Happened at the end of June. The rescue chopper was there. The post on ACAQ was a share from the Fassifern Guardian's report.

At least a couple of people with serious injuries.

The photos I posted on the ACAQ post if you can't see them too:

As it sits now:

Reference images from prior. Tom is on Guns of Navarone here. Odin goes straight up under it.

Standing on, and gear placed behind it! The even bigger one on the right looks suspect too IMO given this development.
1:05:15 PM
After many dry years the last couple of wet ones have certainly thrown down some stones.
Tree roots are leveraging everything off and the extra water inside the rock helps it.

There is not a single climber that hasn't stood on, kicked, thumped and pried that boulder and not wondered how it stayed there.
By the look of the after picture there wasn't a lot holding it there.
Although it always felt solid, that is somewhere I would never have placed gear.

Just confirms that sitting at the base of a cliff is not always a nice place to be and that helmets at least are a sensible option at Frog.

9:00:29 PM
On 11/07/2017 ajfclark wrote:
>link to thecrag for those that are interested.
>ACAQfacebook page

Part of the reference posted here for those that don't have access(?).

The Fassifern Guardian
23 June at 07:39

*Update - incident - Mt French*

Two climbers were injured late yesterday afternoon when a part of the cliff face broke away near Frog Buttress on Mt French. “The men were with a group of climbers when a very large piece of rock broke off,” the Guardian was told. “They managed to dodge the rock as it was falling but were injured by flying debris when the rock hit the ground and shattered.”

One man suffered a fractured arm and a possible fractured leg when he was hit by a piece of rock. Another piece of flying rock hit a second climber and fractured his foot. The men were treated at the scene by Boonah Ambulance paramedics and the Critical Care Paramedic from Ipswich. The more severely injured climber was winched up into the Careflight helicopter and flown to a Brisbane hospital. The second climber was stretchered up to the top of the cliff and taken by Boonah Ambulance to the Ipswich Hospital. Other services assisting in the rescue included the Boonah Auxiliary Fire Brigade, the Ipswich Tech Rescue and two other fire crews.

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