Unrelated news for the Northeast but nonetheless, a fallen climber affects us all no matter where we live or where we climb. Kurt Albert a well known German climber, recently took a 60 foot fall while on a via ferrata route in Germany and has perished. The term via ferrata refers to mountain routes in which are equipped with fixed cables, steel ladders, and other equipment added to make summits accessible for climbers of all abilities. Most people feel safe on these routes and many climb without ropes. Although precise details of how the accident occurred are unknown, the 56 year old climber was in critical condition until his fatal wounds became too much. Albert was probably most known for his red dots, now referred to as redpointing, at the base of sport climbs; which indicated when they had gone free without any use of aid. We wish him and his family the best.
source – http://www.planetmountain.com
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