American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Wyoming, Grand Teton National Park (7), Teepe's Pillar

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  • Publication Year: 1960

hWyoming, Grand Teton National Park (7),Teepe’s Pillar—On September 6, Joseph E. Murphy (29) and Charles Crush were rappelling off Teepe’s Pillar. A piton pulled out and Murphy fell about 15 to 20 feet landing in a sitting position. Crush had gone down the rope first without any difficulty. It is believed that Murphy would have suffered more severe injuries had he not been wearing a hard hat. As it was he was able tomake his way down to the Caves in Garnet Canyon by himself. Murphy rested at the Caves the night of the 6th. In all, twelve Park Service climbers were involved in the evacuation of Murphy. The evacuation was routine.

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

Analysis (GTNP): This climb was a direct violation of the climbing regulations of the Grand Teton National Park. Crush was unregistered. Murphy, who was signed out with his wife for the Middle Teton, drastically changed his plans when she was unable to make the ascent. Crush had gone into Garnet Canyon to take pictures and there teamed-up with Murphy who persuaded him to try Teepe’s Pillar instead of the Middle Teton.

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