American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Colorado, Amphitheater

  • Accident Reports
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  • Publication Year: 1968

Colorado, Amphitheater. On 7 October Charles Joseph Brown (17) was leading and fell on a traverse on the inside of the northside of the Amphitheater. Three pitons were in. When he fell he pulled out two pitons and landed on the ground, 20 - 25 feet below the traverse. He had one companion. Brown suffered a skull fracture and cuts on the head, forehead and nose, as well as back and internal injuries of an unknown extent.

Source: H. Z. Lewis.

Analysis: No details of effectiveness of dynamic belay or of driving of pitons could be determined. Rescue group involved in another mission at the time of the accident and did not return to examine the scene.

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