American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Washington, Redstone Peak

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  • Publication Year: 1958

Washington, Redstone Peak—A party of four mountaineers from Tacoma climbed Redstone Peak northeast of Mt. Rainier on Aug. 3. Redstone was 6.5 miles from where they left the car. Rain set in part way in, but they decided to go on. They attacked the peak from the N.W. side, up steep gullies. Their rope was not used, as it was not felt necessary. George Coleman led the last pitch up a steep, narrow gully and found himself on the summit. Olive Otterson (40) was part way up a similar gully when a fall of rock came down. It is believed that Coleman inadvertently dislodged them. Mrs. Otterson was hit in a number of places but managed to hang on to her position. All the party finished the climb and signed the register. The accident occurred in mid-afternoon. Due to the extent of Mrs. Otterson’s injuries the party returned by a different route, arriving at the cars at day-, break. Thirty-one stitches in the scalp and 17 in the arm were required to close Mrs. Otterson’s wounds. The recovery has been complete.

Source: Gene Faure; the Mountaineer 50: 10, Nov. 1957.

Analysis: Rockfall, dislodged by another climber.

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