American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Wiesbachhorn

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  • Publication Year: 1932

In the spring of 1932 one of the two conquerors of the north face, Toni Schmid, was killed during a Whitsuntide excursion to the mountains. In an attempt to climb the northwest face of the Wiesbachhorn, on May 15th, he slipped while leading in the most difficult part of the ascent (an ice bastion with a slope of upwards of fifty degrees). His companion, Ernst Krebs, being unable to hold him, was pulled from his stance, both falling, still roped, about 1,600 feet. The accident was witnessed by another party which immediately went to their asssistance, finding Krebs badly injured, but Schmid dead, having apparently been instantly killed by skull fracture. One of the party stayed with Krebs, who was brought down the next day and is now reported to have entirely recovered.

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