American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Colorado, Rocky Mountain National Park

  • Accident Reports
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  • Publication Year: 1951

Colorado: (5) Rocky Mountain National Park, During the summer of 1950 three other accidents attributable to mountain climbing occurred in this area. A man received a broken clavicle and bruises when he slid down a snow bank in upper Chaos Canyon on August 9th; and, on August 20th, a boy received a lacerated leg and bruises when he tumbled 200 feet down a rocky slope on Mount Baker. He lost his balance while attempting to retrieve his hat which had blown off in a strong gust of wind. Since the snow bank near the Rock Cabins figured so prominently in accidents, two warning signs were prepared and placed at this location by the National Park Service immediately after the June 28th accident.

Source of information: report of Ernest K. Field, Acting Chief Ranger of the Park.

Analysis: More proof that there is danger in innocent-looking snow slopes, particularly for the inexperienced hiker.

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