American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Rappel Failure, New Hampshire, Cannon Cliffs

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  • Publication Year: 1982

RAPPEL FAILURE

New Hampshire, Cannon Cliffs

In September, a climber rappelled off the end of his rope and fell 30 feet to the scree below, sustaining only a sprained neck. He was assisted to the road by Fish and Game personnel. (Source: Rick Wilcox, Mountain Rescue Service Leader)

Analysis

Rappel accidents are becoming less frequent, especially this classic kind. Tying a knot in the end of the rappel ropes has become standard practice among experienced climbers. (Source: J. Williamson)

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