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Escaping the Crevasse by Vince Shimp - CrossFit Journal

Escaping the Crevasse

By Vince Shimp

In Athletes, Audio, CrossFit, Videos

November 20, 2008

Video Article

On August 2nd, 2008, Vince Shimp and his friend Shaun Kennedy crossed a snowfield after descending from Castle Peak in the mountains near Aspen, CO. Vince hung back to take a picture when the snow beneath him collapsed and he fell into a 25' crevasse.

Tony Budding caught up with Vince at the CrossFit Level 1 cert in Golden, CO on October 24, 2008. In this video, Vince describes the experience in detail, using the white board to draw the various scenarios.

When enough support arrived and they were able to lower two lines down with handholds, all Vince had to do was pull himself up the holds with his arms (there was no traction whatsoever for his feet). At that point, Vince said to himself, “Thank God I CrossFit!”

Note that there is an audio only version of this video. And, see also the companion written article by Paul Eich.

21min 33sec

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2 Comments on “Escaping the Crevasse”


wrote …

That is an awesome video. I just had an argument with someone about the transferability of crossfit versus their workout program and its applications into real life situations. I wish I had this video to show them.


wrote …

In the words of Coach Rippetoe, "Strong people are harder to kill than weak people, and more useful in general." Well done Vince!

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