Craig DeMartino describes his 100-foot fall during a climb in Colorado.
Good equipment isn't always enough. Photo by chriscom
Not all falls are fatal. Craig DeMartino’s plunge, however, should have been. Craig fell over 100 feet onto a talus slope, shattering the bones in his feet, lower back and neck.
I’d be lying if I said that thoughts of taking a catastrophic fall didn’t creep into my mind when I’m on a wall. They do. And I’d be double-lying if I said that hearing stories like Craig’s didn’t induce a pucker response when I feel my fingers slip from a pinch-hold.
What makes these stories worth hearing, and keeping in mind as I climb is that they remind me exactly what I’m doing up there in the first place. sure, I could fall and get hurt or killed. OR, I could be on the ground, looking up, bored out of my mind, wishing I could see the world from up there. Letting fear of death stop me from living would be more crippling than the worst thing that can happen up there.