American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Illness-Diabetes, Stranded, Bad Weather, Colorado, Capitol Peak

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  • Publication Year: 1982


Colorado, Capitol Peak

On September 8, 1981, Mike Harder (20) died before rescuers could reach him at the base of Capitol Peak. He was in a party of four who became stranded in bad weather. Two of the climbers, Danny Apple (18) and Tony Messenger (15) were rescued in excellent condition. A fourth member, Randy Campbell, climbed out of the area and provided rescuers with information. They had all been stranded for at least three days. (Source: The New York Times, September 9, 1981)


Change of exercise habits, diet, and altitude influence diabetic reactions. Unexpected conditions can exacerbate the condition. It is not known whether Harder had made adjustments in his medication or diet, but the point here is a general one for diabetics or anyone on medication. (Source: J. Williamson)

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