American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Colorado, Alamo Rock

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  • Publication Year: 1962

Colorado, Alamo Rock. On April 23, Lloyd Weber (26) was practicing rappelling in climbing school and was on belay. About 30 ft. above the ground Weber decided to change footing to cross an overhang. When his right foot made contact with the rock wall a bone in his right ankle snapped. The belayer lowered Weber to the ground, where he waited until a rescue team arrived with a litter and some splints. He was taken to Community Hospital by station wagon. The weather was warm and sunny. Climbing conditions were ideal.

Source: Ed Anderson.

Analysis: This is one of the freak accidents that happen without a satisfactory cause. No safety practice was being violated.

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