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The natural environment in which we love to play is constantly changing. No matter what sport we’re into. This climber found that out the hard way when a 300-pound piece of stone broke off the boulder he was climbing in Utah’s Little Rock Canyon near Provo.

Bouldering, of course, is done sans rope and has become immensely popular in the climbing world over the last decade thanks to its simplicity. Brian Koralewski was just about to top out on this particular boulder problem when the chunk gives way, crushing him beneath its weight. Koralewski told Climbing magazine that the rock didn’t give any indication that it would break off but you can see the crack as he climbs. The chunk landed on his leg as he fell and broke his fibula and partially tore a tendon. The injury required stitches, too. He was lucky in the big scheme of things.


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