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Falling while Descending, Unroped – Washington, The Tooth

FALLING WHILE DESCENDING, UNROPED—Washington, The Tooth. David Putnam (19) fell while descending “The Tooth.” He was with Steven White (19) and Gary High (18) when he fell 100 feet down a steep snow and rock slope, coming to rest against a tree. He was seriously injured, and was air evacuated by a MAST helicopter. (Source: Rodney McDowell, King County Police.)

Analysis: Risk increases when (1) climbing unroped, especially while (2) descending. (Source: J. Williamson.)