Climber falls 70 feet to his death at Crowders Mountain

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GASTONIA, N.C. — A climber fell about 70 feet and died from serious injuries at Crowders Mountain State Park Monday, officials with the Gastonia Fire Department said.

Rescue personnel responded to the call around 6:25 p.m.

Gastonia Fire Department rope technicians lowered themselves to the patient, clipped the patient into rescue ropes and lowered the patient down to safe ground.

Despite the efforts of all personnel involved, the patient died at the scene.

Witnesses said the man, who was climbing alone, all of a sudden he lost his grip and fell backwards and his harness did not catch him.

The rope stopped him about 15 feet from the ground. They told WSOC they could hear the man saying that he could not breathe.

The witnesses called 911 and watched rescuers arrive to the remote area.

Chris Stowe with the Gastonia Fire Department said, “We want to recommend if you do come climbing, always climb in pairs, even three, four, five people or more.”

No other injuries were reported.

Source: WSOC


  • Thomas

    Yet another adrenaline junkie got himself killed. Fortunately, no first responders were harmed in the rescue (or recovery) of one who puts their own selfish interests and hobbies above the safety of others.

    • Kristin

      The man who died wasn’t an adrenaline junkie! He did this because it was what he loved and many people respected and LOVED him! I know this because he was my uncle! He was a professional and what happened was a freak accident. There are tons of people who look up to him, respect him, and love him!! His passion was being with the mountains. Think before you say something that is false! My uncle was a great man and he was not being selfish!

  • Tim

    If he fell within 15 feet of the ground, why couldnt the people who watched this grab him and cut the ropes or whatever caught his fall? And then to say the responders had to be lowered to him to redo straps, no sense at all.

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