American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Wyoming, Grand Teton National Park

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  • Publication Year: 1968

Wyoming, Grand Teton National Park. On 18 August Larry Starke (25) and four companions were climbing in the Park. According to Starke, a member of the party above him dislodged several rocks, one of which hit Starke in the back. The rock was about one foot in diameter and had fallen about 30 feet. Party made their own way out. Starke suffered minor bruises.

Source: Robert W. Irvine, Park Ranger.

Analysis: Loose rock in this area always gives climbing parties some trouble and, therefore, they have to take extra precautions when climbing here. The fact that there is considerable evidence of falling and loose rock on this route indicates climbing parties should be alert to the movements of other party members, as well as each climber being extra careful about his own movements.

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