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Did you hear?… Get well wishes go out to Jack Tackle

Get well wishes go out from SNEWS® to Jack Tackle. Tackle, well known in the outdoor industry for his show-designing prowess as well as climbing skills.


Get well wishes go out from SNEWS® to Jack Tackle. Tackle, well known in the outdoor industry for his show-designing prowess as well as climbing skills, was in Alaska attempting a new route up Mt. Augusta with a partner. According to friends of Tackle who spoke with SNEWS®, Tackle was looking for a place to bivouac on easy Class IV terrain at 10:30 PM on Monday, June 17, when a rock about the size of a large briefcase hit Tackle on the shoulder, knocking him down the mountain about 50 feet before his partner could stop his fall. Tackle’s partner worked feverishly for nine hours to get him onto a ledge, get a tent pitched, and place Tackle inside a sleeping bag. From there, the partner descended solo 2,000 feet to base camp and called family members on a cell phone who in turn alerted the Alaska Air National Guard. Bad weather forced the helicopter evac to wait until 1:30 PM on Wednesday. A rescuer descended on a cable while helicopter blades whirred within inches of the rock wall. In short order, he cut through the tent, clipped into Tackle’s harness, and they were both winched to safety. Once in the hospital, it was determined that Tackle had suffered a broken neck and back. He has use of his arms and legs, so recovery is looking good, though it will be a long a painful process.