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Fall on Rocke, Inadequate Protection, California, Yosemite Valley

FALL ON ROCK, INADEQUATE PROTECTION

California, Yosemite Valley

On September 3, 1983, Peter Kohl (20) and climbing partner Robert Fostner were starting the first pitch of the South Face of Washington Column. Kohl, who was leading, had progressed past the lieback section and had moved on to some low- angle slab just below Dinner Ledge. Kohl fell far above his last protection on the lieback area and grounded out before protection could help. The total fall was 30- 35 meters. (Source: Mike Mayer, Ranger, Yosemite National Park)