American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Washington, Icicle Ridge, Ida Creek

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  • Publication Year: 1969

Washington, Icicle Ridge, Ida Creek. On 6 July Glenn Bruton (44) and Howard Anderson (42) were traversing down 2,300 yards above creek bottom. They stopped to rest. As they started again Anderson got a bit ahead. He looked back and saw Glenn start up and then return for some reason. When he started up again he went around the up hill side of a tree and as he came down he apparently did not, in true perspective, see a large rock there. He missed it while trying to step on it, lost his balance and fell in a tumbling, rolling manner some 2,300 feet to the creek bed. He was fatally injured.

Source: Hal Foss from Howard Anderson.

Analysis: Bruton had just got some new bifocals. He was having difficulty in placing his feet. He seemed to have most of his problems going up hill.

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