American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Fall on Rock, Falling Rock, Failure of Piton — New York, Shawangunks

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  • Publication Year: 1983

FALL ON ROCK, FALLING ROCK, FAILURE OF PITON

New York, Shawangunks

A man (23) fell 12 meters to the ground from Wasp Stop (5.12) when a hold broke and a piton failed. He fractured his pelvis and some vertebrae. (Source: Brad Snyder)

Analysis

While it isn’t known if the piton was checked, a general note of caution is that most pitons found on routes now have been in place for many years. (Source: J. Williamson)

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