American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Safety Programs, National

  • Notes
  • Accident Year:
  • Publication Year: 1949

National. The National Park Service has been keenly aware of the dangers to be encountered in the mountains, especially after the accidents in the Tetons last summer. Various suggestions have been offered: (1) trail markers to warn climbers of hazards ahead and inform them of the equipment they should have, and (2) pamphlets or bulletins, to be distributed in the Parks where climbing is carried on, with data on requirements and conditions. In September 1948 the National Park Service sponsored the Mountain Climbing and Rescue Training School at Mount Rainier National Park.* It is hoped that the school will be held again in 1950. Since this training is intended primarily for Park personnel, and since accommodations are limited, only a few outsiders can be invited; but an outline of the course, if it were made available, would undoubtedly be of great interest and value to local climbing organizations.

*For the report by Dee Molenaar, see A.A.J., VII (Jan. 1949), 222-3.—Ed.

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