American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Wyoming, Grand Teton National Park (6), Nez Perce

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  • Publication Year: 1960

Wyoming, Grand Teton National Park (6), Nez Perce—On August 18, Alex Shoumatoff (11) was a member of the Colorado Mountain Club’s 1959 summer outing in Grand Teton National Park. During a group climb on Nez Perce, at the base of the northwest couloir, he was struck by a falling rock dislodged by another member of the party. He received a scalp laceration.

Source: Park Ranger John C. Fonda, via Frank R. Oberhansley, Superintendent, G.T.N.P.

Analysis (GTNP): This accident, though minor in nature, illustrates the need for all members of a climbing party to exercise caution in areas of loose rock.

(Ed. comment—This also emphasizes the importance of wearing hard hats.)

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