American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Rappel Failure, New York, Shawangunks

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  • Publication Year: 1980

RAPPEL FAILURE

New York, Shawangunks

While descending Easy Overhang on July 28, a climber (18) rappelled off the end of his rope and fell 20 feet, suffering cuts and bruises. (Source: Brad Snyder)

Analysis

In many places in this climbing area, a 150-foot rope length brings one to the ground or a ledge. It is not known if this climber expected this or not. The accident is presented because it is now such a rare occurrence. (Source: J. Williamson)

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