American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Fall on Rock, Wasps, No Hard Hat, New York, Shawangunks

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  • Publication Year: 1980

FALL ON ROCK, WASPS, NO HARD HAT

New York, Shawangunks

On May 15, a climber (22) was leading Disneyland, a 5.5 route, when he was stung by a wasp. He fell and hit his head, which resulted in a loss of consciousness for 30- 40 seconds. (Source: Brad Snyder)

Analysis

This is the third year running for this kind of accident. Unfortunately, there seem to be a number of locations for wasps and snakes in this area. It seems that a hard hat, among other possible protections, is warranted here, even when relieving oneself, for another climber was doing the latter under a large boulder when he was bitten in the ankle by a copperhead. The problem came when he stood up quickly from his stooped position; he cracked his head on the overhanging rock and cut himself. (Source: J. Williamson)

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