American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Washington, Mt. Si

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  • Publication Year: 1961

Washington, Mt. Si—On July 31, Stephen Steiner (15) and his brother Geoffrey (16) were climbing up the west flank of Mount Si. They became separated and Stephen reached a point where he could not climb up or down. His brother in the meantime had returned to their family who were picnicking in the vicinity. Rescue operations were alerted by an observer who noted Stephen’s plight. His rescue was accomplished about six hours after he became trapped. During the descent after the rescue, Max Eckenburg received a minor injury from a falling rock.

Source: Newspaper clipping.

Analysis: Inexperienced and inadequately equipped climbers climbing beyond their capabilities, resulting in jeopardy to rescuers.

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