American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

New Hampshire, Mt. Washington

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  • Publication Year: 1969

New Hampshire, Mt. Washington. On 24 March Jeff Damp (21), Tom Davis (19), and Donn Stahlman (19) were climbing the Odel Gully in Huntington Ravine. Conditions were snowy and foggy and at a near white out. They climbed on firm ice and snow. After seven leads the snow deepened markedly as they were in the right exit gully. Jeff Damp, who was in the lead, was up to his waist in snow. Suddenly the slope avalanched carrying all three down and out into the main gully. They fell some 200- 300 feet. Damp had a gashed calf from his crampons, and Davis was suffering from cold, shock, and bruised ribs. A rescue party was alerted. Davis was taken off this cliff that night. The weather was extremely bad.

One of the rescuers spent the night with Damp before the final operation could be performed.

Source: Appalachia 34, 175-192, Dec. 1968; Bruce Sloat.

Analyses: (Jeff Damp): The weather was so bad we should have turned back.

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