American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Oregon—Eagle Cap, Wallowa Mountains

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  • Publication Year: 1954

Oregon—Eagle Cap, Wallowa Mountains: On August 22, 1953, Sylvia L. Carlson (28), a new member of the Inter-Mountain Alpine Club of Richland, Washington, slipped coming down a small snowfield on Eagle Cap, Wallowa Mountain, Oregon. She broke an ankle and had to be evacuated eight miles. It was an easy climb and the weather was good. No ice axes, or crampons were in use.

Source: Miss Sylvia L. Carlson.

Analysis: As stated in her own account this was a case of an inexperienced new member who was not able to remain standing while descending a small snowfield. This emphasizes the need for snowfield experience and for each climber to have his own ice axe with him and to be familiar with its proper use.

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