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  1. #1
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    Chair falls off of cable at Camelback (Poconos)

    Holy Shit.

    A loaded chair fell off the cable of a ~25 year old Doppelmayr HSQ at camelback in PA yesterday

    Terrifying

    https://liftblog.com/2021/03/21/chai...livan-express/

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    Jesus fuck. I grew up skiing yellow tinted refrozen manmade trash "snow" there. Scary shit.

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    Brutal

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whiteroom_Guardian View Post
    Jesus fuck. I grew up skiing yellow tinted refrozen manmade trash "snow" there. Scary shit.
    Camelback is definitely high on my list of places I don't care to ever visit again.
    dirtbag, not a dentist

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    So glad we stayed at our usual hill and didnt venture to camals crack..........not a fan of the mtn to begin with

    Vibes to all that fell for a speedy recovery
    always forward but never straight

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    scary. I think I may have skied there twice many years ago, because my back then new friends said the hill has very challenging runs. I'd say I do not have the urge to ski there ever again.

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    Ow. Back ruined
    Quote Originally Posted by blurred
    skiing is hiking all day so that you can ski on shitty gear for 5 minutes.

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    I've only been on that lift...maybe...500x.
    It makes perfect sense...until you think about it.

    I suspect there's logic behind the madness, but I'm too dumb to see it.

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    The liftblog article is great. Read the comments.
    Some folks witnessed the carnage. But also lift nerds have great insight into detachable chairs and how the fuck could this happen.

    Vibes. Ouch.
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    Icecoasters will be suing, for sure.
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    ― Milton Friedman

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    Camelback’s super informative statement on the matter

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    Yea, this sounds like it could literally have happened anywhere, at any time.

    But I’ll wait for puregravity’s analysis before jumping to conclusions


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    Quote Originally Posted by Whiteroom_Guardian View Post
    Jesus fuck. I grew up skiing yellow tinted refrozen manmade trash "snow" there. Scary shit.
    Yea. When we’re you there? I lived on the mtn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iriponsnow View Post
    Yea. When we’re you there? I lived on the mtn.
    I spent a little time on the mountain
    I spent a little time on the hill
    I heard someone say better run away
    “Life has become immeasurably better since I have been forced to stop taking it seriously.”
    Hunter S. Thompson

    “I got the degree of Stamp-licker from the Bezuzus Mail-order University”
    Babbitt, by Sinclair Lewis

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    Quote Originally Posted by Core Shot View Post
    I spent a little time on the mountain
    I spent a little time on the hill
    I heard someone say better run away
    others say better stand still
    you don't want no smoke.

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    I don't know but I've been told.....Dead boogie lyrics always appreciated.

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    yikes! 35 feet is not that high (I know it's high for a fall but not relative to most ski lifts)
    but holy moly might have been an even worse situation
    Lift failure still frequently comes to mind on that high part on Sublette by Pepi's ridge....
    skid luxury

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    Quote Originally Posted by iriponsnow View Post
    Yea. When we’re you there? I lived on the mtn.
    IDK skied there maybe 15 times between 1988 and 2003. I learned how to turn a ski there. I also learned I never want to ski in PA ever again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whiteroom_Guardian View Post
    I also learned I never want to ski in PA ever again.
    Graduated from Pocono Mountain High School in early ‘90 & have not been back.

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    Chair falls off of cable at Camelback (Poconos)

    Quote Originally Posted by iriponsnow View Post
    Graduated from Pocono Mountain High School in early ‘90 & have not been back.
    Huh....really?....a Cardinal. I was an ES grad (89’). Area has really changed. Probably know some of same people/teachers/coaches if u played sports there.

    My first baseball coaching job out of college was at PM with Billy Carter, Dale Johnson and Brian Kresge....spring of 94. Good guys...

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    Quote Originally Posted by BC. View Post
    Huh....really?....a Cardinal. I was an ES grad (89’). Area has really changed. Probably know some of same people/teachers/coaches if u played sports there.

    My first baseball coaching job out of college was at PM with Billy Carter, Dale Johnson and Brian Kresge....spring of 94. Good guys...
    Wow. I recall Billy & Brian... good folk.

    I got booted from sports @ PM after going head:head w Rowan over an incident of a photohut employee distributing copies of our antics drunkenly raging in ‘his’ jersey....

    Hung w tons of ES crew as I skied Shawnee bc it was close to the clinic I was interning at..... Bill Schmitt, Jamie ?, Racing Ray Raisin, Randy Dietrich.... wicked times.

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    Coached @ Shawnee for a bit. F’d w/ Hans & Joe lil too much & they punished me for (a theme perhaps...) macking on their Secretary, Amanda Decker. Made me teach ski school & do a photog shoot; immorality in the 90’s brochures, billboards & the phone book

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    Chair falls off of cable at Camelback (Poconos)

    Played soccer, basketball, baseball at ES.....yes, Ron Rowan...actually still considered a PM coaching legend...he was intense..retired a few years back. Still have a strong soccer program.

    Skied at Shawnee as well....I was a local...went to elem. school with the Kirkwoods....(who owned all of Shawnee, Inc.)...until they all went to NDHS/studied abroad....we were all passholders/local idiots just ripping around looking for Jersey chicks from 7th-12th grade in the mid/late 80’s.....(somehow survived the all night skis they held at Shawnee.....lol)

    Grew up with Law family (owned Starting Gate Ski Shop)...graduated/buddies with Chris.....who is now a longtime EC Salomon rep. (Damn we r old)

    Lol...funny stuff....freakin small world. We are off a few years....but probably know a lot of the same people/families.


    *Sorry boys for the thread drift.....not often you find others that admit they are from/grew up in NEPA....lol.
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    Back when I wrenched on lifts, I rebuilt a number of that style grip. At my mountain, they were fully rebuilt every 5 years, with minor rebuilds/ thorough inspections all the other summers. These have a main spring and a backup spring. The main had to test to a certain grip force, and then we forced the backup to engage, testing it at a lower force. If the main failed and the backup grabbed the rope, a lever stuck out that would break a brittle bar, stopping the lift. If the grip didn't grab the rope properly, it would hit a paddle on the way out of the terminal, again, stopping the lift.

    I haven't had one of these apart in a few years, but I can't see anything catastrophically broken on that grainy photo of the grip. I do see the grip force lever sticking out, but the fall could've done that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by schindlerpiste View Post
    Icecoasters will be suing, for sure.
    wow, so edgy! and i won’t find a PLETHORA of lawsuits regarding chairlift accidents in Cali, Utah, Colorado, etc?
    They got a name for the winners in the world

    http://procatinator.com/?cat=80

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