Video: Grand Teton Rescue

Climber Michelle Smith captures her own rescue from the Valhalla Traverse
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Climber Michelle Smith captures her own rescue from the Valhalla Traverse

Michelle Smith is one tough climber. While climbing in the Tetons, she fell on an icy stretch of the Valhalla Traverse and shattered her tib-fib. Did she (justifiably) cry and moan about the pain? No: She whipped out her video camera and filmed her rescue from start to finish. The result is a fascinating anatomy of a high-alpine rescue, from the rare perspective of the injured. Check it:

Shattered from getungrounded on Vimeo.


Well done, Michelle. Here's to a swift recovery.

—Ted Alvarez