American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Colorado, Rocky Mountain National Park (1)

  • Accident Reports
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  • Publication Year: 1957

Colorado, Rocky Mountain National Park (1)—On May 30, 1956 Patrick Dwyer (17) fell while climbing on the North Face of Hallett Peak. He fell free for nearly 200 feet, landed on a snow field and slid another 200 feet, stopping against a tree. Hitting the tree prevented him from falling at least another 800 feet and to certain death. Miraculously his injuries were minor; slight concussion, severe scalp wound and multiple bruises and slight shock. Another climbing party witnessed the accident and reported to the Chief Ranger’s Office. A rescue party of rangers, assisted by three Colorado University students, effected a particularly long and arduous rescue, due primarily to the deep snow still on the ground in this area.

Source: George B. Hartzog, Jr., Acting Superintendent, R.M.N.P.

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