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Falling Rock, No Hard Hat, Utah, Lone Peak

FALLING ROCK, NO HARD HAT

Utah, Lone Peak

On June 27, 1983, Eric Sieg (17) was struck by a 12-kilogram rock in the side of the head while climbing on Lone Peak Cliff with his partner, Ken Speirs (17). This happened around 1930, and by 0300 on June 28, he was flown to LDS Hospital. He suffered a depressed skull fracture. (Source: Salt Lake County Sheriffs Office, Report 83-47921)

Analysis

The climbers were well equipped with essential technical gear. They elected not to wear hard hats. The area in which they were climbing is remote. The helicopter pilot’s skill was called upon and probably made a difference in the results of this accident. (Source: J. Williamson)