American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Fall on Ice, Inadequate Equipment, Inexperience, New Hampshire, Mount Washington

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  • Publication Year: 1984

FALL ON ICE, INADEQUATE EQUIPMENT, INEXPERIENCE

New Hampshire, Mount Washington

On March 27, 1983, Mark Brockman (19) was descending Mount Washington via the Tuckerman Ravine Trail with a group from the Boston University Outing Club when he fell to his death. (Source: Rick Wilcox, New Hampshire Mountain Rescue)

Analysis

The same ground conditions described in the previous accident prevailed. This group of hikers did not have appropriate clothing and equipment for these conditions. Brockman was wearing instep crampons. He had fallen other times as well. Once again, hikers are seen encountering a mountaineering situation. (Source: J. Williamson)

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