American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Reported Mountaineering Accidents, Table III

  • Accident Tables
  • Accident Year:
  • Publication Year: 1962

Miscellaneous Information Numbers Refer to Number of Persons Involved.

1951-60

1959-60



1961





U.S.

CAN.

U.S.

CAN.



Terrain



Rock 

261

1

33

2



Snow

173

12

18

10



River 

1

0

0

0



Unknown 

0

0

0

0



Ascent or Descent

(River crossing not included)



Ascent 

190

6

22

9



Descent

214

7

24

2



Unknown

30

0

5

1



Immediate Cause



Fall or slip on rock

156

1

19

2



Failure of Piton

3

0

1

0



Falling Rock or object

46

0

8

0



Failure of Rappel

24

0

4

0



Slip on Snow or Ice

73

6

4

4



Fall into Crevasse 

10

2

2

2



Loss of Control in Voluntary



Glissade 

20



5





Avalanche 

45

4

0

3



Lightning 

11

0

2

0



Stuck Rope 

5

0

0

0



Skiing 

2

0

0

0



Faulty use of Crampon

5

0

0

0



Fall in River

1

0

0

0



Exposure and/or Exhaustion 

18

0

4

1



Heat Prostration

1

0

0

0



Illness, Medical 

3

0

0

0



Exceeding Abilities (inexperience)

11

0

0

0



Miscellaneous 

2

0

2

0



Contributory Causes



Climbing Unroped

111

2

17

2



Climbing Alone 

27

0

2

1



Attempt to Exceed Abilities



(Inexperience) 

58

6

5

1



Darkness 

4

0

0

0



Inadequate Equipment 

19

0

7

0



Old Rope 

3

0

0

0



Piton Failure

12

0

1

1



Bad Weather 

7

0

0

0



Exposure and/or Exhaustion

7

0

0

0



Party Separated 

8

0

0

0





1951-60

U.S.

1959-60

CAN.

U.S.

1961

CAN.



Age of Individuals



“Boys” 

6

0

0

0



Under 15 

16

0

1

0



15-20 years 

129

1

25

3



“Young or College Age”

10

0

0

0



21-25

99

2

8

1



26-30 

47

2

6

2



31-35

36

1

1

0



Over 35

34

1

7

6



Unknown 

39

6

3

0



Unaffiliated with Climbing Groups



Unaffiliated

82

0

18

4



Not Stated 

167

1

23

0



Member of Mountaineering Club

186

12

10

8



Estimate of Experience



None or little 

231

6

24

3



Moderate 

111

1

16

8



Experienced 

33

5

8

1



Unknown 

59

1

3

0



Month of Year



January 

13

0

0

0



February

25

0

2

0



March 

16

0

2

0



April 

24

0

4

0



May 

38

0

0

0



June 

44

0

8

0



July 

87

12

14

5



August 

84

1

8

7



September 

50

0

3

0



October 

20

0

2

0



November

22

0

2

0



December 

8

0

6

0



Not Specified 

2

0

0

0



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