American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Wasp, New York, Shawangunks

  • Accident Reports
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  • Publication Year: 1981


New York, Shawangunks

On June 22, while leading Direct Erection, a male climber (47) was bitten by a wasp. He went into shock but no fall occurred. He was treated by his doctor. (Source: Brad Snyder)


This is the first climbing report involving a wasp where no ensuing fall occurred. Once again we emphasize that enduring a wasp or snake bite until a safe position can be secured is more advisable than jumping. (Source: J. Williamson)

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