American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Rappel Failure, Inadequate Protection — Washington, Snoqualmie Pass

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  • Publication Year: 1983

RAPPEL FAILURE, INADEQUATE PROTECTION

Washington, Snowqualmie Pass

On March 28, 1982, Emmanuel Salazar (31) fell 25 meters when the piton to which his rappel rope was anchored pulled out. He sustained a broken leg. (Source: G. McKinney, SAR Mission Coordinator)

Analysis

This year has seen a resurgence of rappel accidents. In all cases, only one anchor point was in use and there was no belaying. While the latter is not always possible or desirable, the former can be corrected. (Source: J. Williamson)

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