American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Fall on Snow, Wyoming, Tetons

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  • Publication Year: 1979

FALL ON SNOW

Wyoming, Tetons

On July 24, Dick Attridge was descending from the lower saddle in Garret Canyon when he slipped on the snow. He slid into rocks after sliding approximately 100 feet on the snow. Mr. Attridge sprained his right ankle in this fall, which occurred about 2 p.m. at an elevation of approximately 10,000 feet. The victim was contacted by Rangers Irvine and Ruwitch at 4 p.m. They requested a horse to give Attridge a ride. Tom Owen and Chevron met the victim at the Surprise Garne Junction and transported him to Lupine Meadows, arriving there at 7:25 p.m. He was transported to St. John’s Hospital by private car.

It is interesting to note that at the time of the accident, Mr. Attridge’s ice axe was securely fastened to his pack. (Source: Dick Irvine, Grand Teton National Park)

(Ed. Note: See previous accident.)

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