American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

California, Donner Summit, Mt. Lincoln (8,700 ft.)

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  • Publication Year: 1951

California: (5) Donner Summit, Mt. Lincoln (8,700 ft•)

On 25 August 1950 Mrs. Eleanor Fischer suffered a broken back in a mountain climbing accident near Sugar Bowl. She was paralyzed from the waist down in a fall suffered on the south face of this peak. There were four persons in the party, including Mr. Fischer. The slip occurred on the descent above an icy 250-foot slope down which Mrs. Fischer rolled, crashing into a pine tree at the bottom. Rescue workers took her to safety, using a wicker basket, a toboggan and ropes.

Source of information: newspaper account and Mountaineering Committee of the Sierra Club.

Analysis. Another case of a person unroped while descending a steep ice or snow slope.

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