American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Rappel Failure, Inadequate Equipment, Alberta, Rocky Mountains, Mt. Alberta

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  • Publication Year: 1981

RAPPEL FAILURE, INADEQUATE EQUIPMENT

Alberta, Rocky Mountains, Mt. Alberta

On August 1, 1979, Archie Ellis and two companions, all of Calgary, were descending Mt. Alberta. They had set up a rappel with Ellis coming last. Their rappel rope broke and Ellis fell 100 feet, breaking his fibula and receiving multiple lacerations and abrasions. (Source: D. A. Dumpleton, Jasper National Park)

Analysis

The rappel was made on a hemp rope. (Source: D. A. Dumpleton, Jasper National Park)

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