American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Rappel Failure, Drugs, New York, Shawangunks

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  • Publication Year: 1981


New York, Shawangunks

On April 5, a male climber (age unknown) fell to the ground while trying to rappel from a climb called Minty. The climber was too stoned to walk or write and refused first aid. (Source: Brad Snyder)


Although the use of drugs is not entirely uncommon within the climbing community, very few drug related climbing accidents have been reported over the years. This is an observation from which no conclusions may be drawn. (Source: J. Williamson)

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