Boulderer Falls, Pulls 300-Pound Block Off With Him

File this under "worst case scenarios."

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On July 29, 2017, Brian Koralewski was finishing his bouldering session on an established V6 arete in Little Rock Canyon, Utah. “I stood on my pads and tick-marked the holds where I was going to grab and top out,” Koralewski wrote on his blog. “Even though I was touching and marking the very chunk that would soon land on me, there was no indication that it was loose.”

As he pulled the final moves, that massive chunk of the boulder broke off. Koralewski landed on his padwith the 300-pound stone hitting his leg. He estimates that from 10-feet up, it would have landed with ~3,300 lbs. of force. He suffered a broken fibula, partial tendon tear, and required stitches. Despite the injury, he was able to walk out on his own (covering a 1/4 mile over 25 minutes) and drive himself to the hospital. Visit Koralewski’s blog for his full account of the accident.