American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Washington—Del Campo Mountain

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  • Publication Year: 1953

Washington—Del Campo Mountain: A church group of young men, led by a very competent mountaineer, Kieth Rabkin of Seattle, were on a practice trip on Del Campo Mountain on May 31, 1952. During a glissade practice Morris Ensey (20) failed to maneuver as instructed and after having lost his balance, fell. In falling, the shaft of his ice ax pierced his scrotum. First aid was rendered immediately by other members of the party and the patient was moved to a convenient and sheltered place where he was made as comfortable as possible in a sleeping bag. Two members of the party went as quickly as possible down the four miles of rough mountain trail, while the others built a fire. Mountain Rescue Council received word of the accident about 5:30 in the evening. Within two hours two cars were on the way. Within 11 hours from the time of the accident they were on the scene. First aid was administered. After dawn the patient was taken to the road, arriving about 10 A. M. Following an 8 day stay in the hospital, Ensey returned home, not much the worse for wear.

Source: Mountain Rescue Council and the interrogation of the Morris Ensey party.

Comment: The facts of this accident speak for themselves, however, it might be noted that this rescue shows how well a mountain rescue can work when all cooperate.

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