American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Fall on Rock, British Columbia, Garibaldi Park, Diamond Head

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  • Publication Year: 1980

FALL ON ROCK

British Columbia, Garibaldi Park, Diamond Head

Charlotte Ackerely (32) and three companions were climbing an easy but loose and exposed route on Diamond Head about 0530 on 15 July 1979. Ackerely fell off the west side of the ridge, a distance of about 700 feet. The rest of the party could not reach her because they did not have enough rope, and a helicopter was called. Ackerely was dead when she was reached. (Source: F. Baumann, Squamish Mountaineering and Rescue Group)

Analysis

We do not know why Ackerely fell, but fatal falls on easy ground are common. (Source: E. Whalley)

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