American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Colorado, Near Golden

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  • Publication Year: 1951

Colorado: (2) near Golden During the summer of 1950 two young children, ages 10 and 7, were on a picnic in Clear Creek Canyon with their parents. The two boys could hardly wait to climb the mountainside. The seven-year-old slipped and his brother grabbed him, getting him back on his feet. Then the ten-year-old slipped and fell 100 feet to a rocky ledge. He was rescued by firemen and carried to an ambulance

Source of information: newspaper accounts

Analysis. This is also not a mountaineering accident, but it is noted here because this is the age when youngsters should begin to be properly instructed if they show inclinations to scramble around on mountain slopes. Beyond this statement the conclusion is obvious: until children reach sufficient maturity, parents must be ever alert to such potential dangers.

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