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Fall on Rock, No Hard Hat — Alberta, Rocky Mountains, Mount Louis

FALL ON ROCK, NO HARD HAT

Alberta, Rocky Mountains, Mount Louis

On September 2, 1982, two climbers, both in their midtwenties, were ascending the standard route on Mount Louis. At the start of the final chimney pitches near the summit, the leader fell. The first protection point pulled out and she hit the rock after a 12-meter fall, ending up hanging upside down. She suffered a minor concussion, abrasions to the head, left arm and elbow and internal injuries (slight internal bleeding).

Other climbers on the route reported the accident and the party was rescued before dark by helicopter sling method. (Source: T. Auger and T. Davidson, Banff National Park)

Analysis

The victim was not wearing a hard hat and was using only a seat harness. (Source: T. Auger and T. Davidson, Banff National Park)