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Accident on the Approach to Na-Ga Canyon

Discussion in 'Accidents and Near Misses' started by Austin Farnworth, May 26, 2019.

  1. Austin Farnworth

    Austin Farnworth

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    5 minutes into the approach for Na-Ga canyon in Capitol Reef, a large boulder came loose while we were climbing over it. It threw Abigail and myself out of the way, while it pushed 14 year old Sam off a 20 foot cliff. Luckily the boulder stopped at the edge and did not follow him down. Sam landed on his pack which had a water bladder in it and took the brunt of the force. Then Sam rolled a short distance down the hillside, breaking his nose and a few other bones in his face. He was able to walk out under his own power and make it back to the car.
    My wife had led a group through Na-Ga the previous week and some of the group went over the same Boulder without issue, and it wasn't a rock that you'd ever suspect to move. A week of rain in the park had most likely loosened up the boulder. The main takeaway is to be more cautious when hiking on and around boulders after recent rains, it is surprising what can come loose.

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    A picture from the spot where Sam rolled off the edge of the cliff.
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    The boulder that rolled.
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    The cliff from where Sam landed.
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  2. ratagonia

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    Wow! Amazing and so happy that Sam is okay.

    Tom
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  3. Austin Farnworth

    Austin Farnworth

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    Here's a picture of his face a day later, looks worse but he's doing great.[​IMG]

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  4. ratagonia

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    You have taught him THE LINE, right?

    "You should see the other guy!"

    It's not every 14 year old who gets into a bar fight and wins!!!

    Tom
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  5. Tirrus

    Tirrus Rope rider.

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    Thanks for sharing this information, and I'm glad He is okay.
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    Best wishes for Sam's speedy recovery, and thanks for the thread.
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  7. Canyonero

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    Thanks for sharing. The accidents/near miss reports are the most useful part of this site IMHO.
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