American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Fall, Climbing Unroped, Failure to Test Holds – Colorado, Quandry Mountain

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  • Publication Year: 1978

FALL, CLIMBING UNROPED, FAILURE TO TEST HOLDS—Colorado, Quandry Mountain. Donald Gordon (21), Michael Bearzi (24), and William Trull (22) were climbing on the north face of Quandry Mountain on May 29. They started from McCullough Gulch at 8:30 a.m. Bearzi and Gordon said that at 11 a.m. Trull grabbed a rock about two feet in diameter and that it came loose. Trull fell 30 feet and then slid 150 feet down a snow field. They were unroped at the time. Trull suffered a concussion, knee injury, and several lacerations. He was given first aid by his partners. He was evacuated by stretcher and helicopter to Breckenridge Medical Clinic. (Source: Paul Johnson, Summit County Rescue Group.)

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