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Slip on Snow, Fall into Moat, Inadequate Equipment, Inexperience — Utah, Mount Timpanogos

SLIP ON SNOW, FALL INTO MOAT, INADEQUATE EQUIPMENT, INEXPERIENCE

Utah, Mount Timanogos

On July 7, 1982, Mark Gordon (14) was with a group of five companions (ages 11 to 22) when he slipped while descending a snow slope in a cliff area. He fell into a deep moat and apparently died instantly. His companions were unable to extricate him. (Source: Dr. Richard Wallin, Salt Lake City)

Analysis

In addition to the comments made in the previous analysis, Dr. Wallin suggests the possibility of public service announcements on local conditions for would-be mountain travelers. Many areas use posted signs which indicate general conditions and, in some cases, give specific information regarding avalanche danger and other hazards. Mount Timpanogos seems like a good candidate for such a system. (Source: J. Williamson)