American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

The Accident on Mt. Jefferson

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  • Publication Year: 1934

The Accident on the Minarets. Walter A. Starr, Jr., left on July 29th, 1933, for a climbing trip in the Sierras alone. When he did not return on schedule, a search was instituted and first his car, then his camp was found obviously untouched for at least a week. Our former western vice-president, now president of the Sierra Club made a search from the air on a Standard Oil Co. plane and organized a group of climbers to make a search on foot. These men made a number of climbs in the course of their work, which have been chronicled elsewhere in this issue, and were finally successful in finding the body. Beyond the fact that he was killed in attempting the ascent of Michael’s Minaret, but little is known of the cause of the accident.

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