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Video: Grand Teton Rescue

Climber Michelle Smith captures her own rescue from the Valhalla Traverse

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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