American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

California, Parsons Peak, Yosemite National Park

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  • Publication Year: 1968

California, Parsons Peak, Yosemite National Park. On 8 October Frank Schreve (25) was leading a party on the slopes below Parsons Peak. Upon approaching a snowfield, he attempted to examine the terrain to see if it could be crossed safely. In so doing, he slipped, and slid about 300 feet to a talus slope below. Party moved him off the site to a protected area, and two members hiked to Ranger Station for aid (approximately 12 miles).

Source: National Park Service, Yosemite National Park.

Analysis: Individual should have been roped in and should have carried an ice axe. Techniques were known by party, but overconfidence voided sound judgement. Hard hat would have lessened injuries.

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