American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Montana: Glacier National Park

  • Accident Reports
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  • Publication Year: 1950

Montana: Glacier National Park. During the summer of 1949, Tom Moulds, a 23-year old University of Washington student from Santa Barbara, California, fell into a canyon from the snow- covered sides of 9,147-foot Reynolds Mountain while he was hiking from Logan to Gunsight Pass. Mould’s companion, Wallace Smith (26), a classmate from Portland, Oregon, helped him into his sleeping bag and then stayed with him overnight before going for help. Rangers, roadmen and fireguards made up a nine-man rescue party. The hiker broke a foot and suffered bruises in the fall.

Source of information: newspaper accounts.

Analysis. This appears to be an accident which occurred to a hiker in rough country; and, although the scant details furnish no basis for critical analysis, they seem to indicate that alertness and care must be exercised not only by the high climber, but by the traveller on lower mountain slopes as well.

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