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Sam Champion falls down, goes boom

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 22nd 2009 5:26PM
Sam Champion

Sam Champion almost died on Good Morning America this morning, doing a segment about the great outdoors. Damn Earth Day! He was trying to make his way down a cliff. I love the fact that after he whips around the rock, he goes right into happy "here's your weather!" mode. They train those morning show hosts well.

[via TV Newser]

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Such a horrible title for this video. He did not even come close to dying and would not have. If you look closely at the video, he has a backup belay on. That's what OB does with everyone who belays, so you have the illusion of being in charge of your rappel, but really, someone else is backing you up. Plus, he did a pendulum, which is not that fun but not the end of the world. That cameraman was a moron to be between the rope and the water.

May 01 2009 at 4:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Apparently Sam Champion tweeted earlier that him, Stu the cameraman, and the camera equipment were all fine.


April 22 2009 at 9:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

That cameraman is really lucky he didn't go over. Hopefully he wasn't hurt. Not so sure about the dropped $20,000+ camera though. I'm sure there was a lot of interesting conversations off camera after that incident. It looks like the cameraman was standing between the rope and the cliff. Definitely not smart of him but I'm surprised the Outward Bound people or GMA crew there didn't catch that beforehand.

April 22 2009 at 9:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Just about every weather person male or female on the morning news shows local & network is a moron! just say what the weather is move on, but no they have act like idiots & do stuff they have no clue how to do!!!!!! Don't get me started on local weather morons breaking into my recordings on Tivo with endless information over & over again about a storm and no new info!!!!!!! What is the point of that.

April 22 2009 at 5:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'd say he almost killed the camera guy but not himself. He's pretty tight in that harness - all he might've done is break his hip.

But that cameraman... boy oh boy he could've gone way down...

April 22 2009 at 5:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

And he almost took one of the camera guys with him! (I wonder if he had any ropes holding him?)

April 22 2009 at 5:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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