American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Oregon Coast Range, Near Bandon

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  • Publication Year: 1959

Oregon, Coast Range, near Bandon—On Sunday 16 November, Ronald D. Martin (15) and Gene Lloyd Davison (15) attempted to climb a 200 foot sea cliff above a beach where they had been looking for agates. Apparently a large rock became dislodged, hit Martin and caused him to fall to his death. It is not known how far he fell. Davison tried to catch Martin but he also fell to the rocks at the base of the cliff, where he was injured. A third member of the group, Stuart Merchant (16) took the long way around to the top of the cliff.

Source: Newspaper clipping.

Analysis: Unroped climbing by inexperienced persons appears to be the cause.

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