American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Fall on Rock, No Experience, Illinois, Giant City State Park

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  • Publication Year: 1980

FALL ON ROCK, NO EXPERIENCE

Illinois, Giant City State Park

In February, Phillip Dract (20) failed to jump a three-foot crack at the popular Devil’s Stand Table, fell 50 feet and became wedged in a rock crevice. He was extracted after several hours’ labor but died en route to the hospital. (Source: Hugh Dougher)

(Ed. Note: These accidents are included to illustrate again how nonclimbing situations can quickly turn into ones requiring climbing skills.)

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