American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Table II

  • Accident Tables
  • Accident Year:
  • Publication Year: 1956

TABLE II

Geographical Districts

Accidents





1947-1954

1955



Atlantic States—North 

14

1



South

2

0



Central

—

2



Colorado

32

4



Utah 

4

0



Wyoming 

19

3



Montana & Idaho 

6

1



Arizona & Nevada

5

0



California 

23

4



Oregon

17

3



Washington 

20

9



Alaska

4

0



Practice Cliffs—all areas 

7

2



Terrain

1947-1954

1955



Rock

100

20



Snow

50

7



River

1

0



Unknown

6

0



Ascent or Descent (River crossing not included here)







Ascent

50

14



Descent

73

12



Unknown

31

1



Immediate Cause







Fall or Slip on Rock

51

6



Loose Rock (handhold pulled out)

11

5



Falling Rock 

14

3



Failure of Rappel

12

2



Slip on Snow or Ice 

28

3



Fall into Crevasse

6

1



Loss of Control in Voluntary Glissade 

8

1



Avalanche

5

1



Lightning 

2

0



Failure to Follow Route 

1

1



Stuck Rope

1

0



Skiing

1

0



Crampon pierced clothing

0

1



Fall in River

1

0



Unsafe Campsite 

1

0



Exposure 

0

1



Unknown

10

2



Contributory Causes







Climbing Unroped 

43

7



Climbing Alone

15

1



Attempt to Exceed Abilities

18

2



Darkness

7

0



Inadequate Equipment

1

1



Old Rope 

5

0



Size of Party









1947-1954

1955



One

16

1



Two

42

3



Three 

42

8



Four

14

2



Five

5

1



Six or more 

24

4



Unknown 

24

8



TABLE II (Continued)

Ages of Individuals

Accidents





1947-1954

1955



Under 15 

3

0



15-20 years

51

4



“Young or College Age” 

33

1



21-25 

29

10



26-30 

11

8



31-35 

8

5



Over 35

11

0



Unknown

12

4



Affiliated with Climbing Group





Unaffiliated

48

1



Not Stated

52

18



Member of Mountaineering Club

52

13



Estimate of Experience





None or Little

73

7



Moderate

24

6



Experienced 

27

11



Unknown 

27

18



Month of Year

1952-54

1955



January

2

2



February 

2

0



March 

0

0



April 

8

2



May 

7

0



June

4

2



July 

20

8



August 

27

6



September 

12

4



October

7

2



November

2

0



December 

1

0



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