American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Utah, Arches National Monument

  • Accident Reports
  • Accident Year:
  • Publication Year: 1951

Utah: Arches National Monument. A 19-year-old New Yorker fell to his death on 29 May 1950 as he neared the top of Landscape Arch. Visitors are not allowed to cross the arch since it is only six feet thick at one point.

Source of information: newspaper accounts.

Analysis: This is definitely not a mountaineering accident. However, it is included in this review to emphasize the common unawareness on the part of youths, hikers and inexperienced climbers, of the dangers inherent in any mountain area. Realizing this, mountaineering clubs and authorities must assume the responsibility for advising interested young people, and warning those seen to be on treacherous terrain, of the dangers involved. No one should climb around such places as Landscape Arch alone and without roper

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