Washington, Mt. Rainier National Park, Edith Creek Cornice. On 5 September Russ Montgomery (35) was practicing self-arrest with Guide Jim Ullin. Apparently he went off the cornice upside down and backward without checking to see if he had a safe run-out. Thus, he went head first, at a high rate of speed, into the rocks below.
Source: Anthony Andersen, Mt. Rainier National Park.
Analysis: If both Mr. Montgomery and Guide Jim Ullin had picked a safe area to practice self-arrest (where there was a good run-out) the accident could have been avoided. Also, a hard hat would have reduced injuries.