American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Fall into Crevasse, Hypothermia, Washington, Mt. Baker

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  • Publication Year: 1980

FALL INTO CREVASSE, HYPOTHERMIA

Washington, Mt. Baker

On July 27, Jack Frazier (18) was two and a half miles from the trail head on Mt. Baker at 3 p.m. when he fell 15 feet into a crevasse and became wedged. His two partners attempted to get him out with a rope, but it broke. They lowered food and a jacket to him and went for help. It was six hours before the victim was helicoptered to the hospital. He died at 11:20 p.m. (Source: D. M. Gill, SAR Report)

Analysis

It is curious to note the similarity, yet with different results, of these two accidents. As for cause, both occurred in summer, when snow bridges have been exposed to sun and rain. The results again demonstrate the differences in pain and cold tolerance from one individual to the next. The experience levels of the individuals is unknown. (Source: J. Williamson)

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