American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Washington, Cascades, Monte Cristo Peak

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  • Publication Year: 1962

Washington, Cascades, Monte Cristo Peak. On July 15, Val Comstock (66) and two companions were descending from the summit to join another party. The steep but excellent snow conditions and the beautiful weather encouraged sitting glissades. On one glissade Comstock miscalculated and slid into the moat at the bottom where the snow had melted back from the rock. His fall of 15 feet to the rocky bottom left him temporarily unconscious and badly bruised. Because of the remoteness it was 12 hours until the first rescue party arrived and another 11 hours until he reached the hospital.

Source: Kenn Carpenter.

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