American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Loss of Control—Voluntary Glissade, Inadequate Equipment, Inexperience, Utah, Storm Mountain

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LOSS OF CONTROL-VOLUNTARY GLISSADE, INADEQUATE EQUIPMENT, INEXPERIENCE

Utah, Storm Mountain

On July 16, 1983, a group of Boy Scouts, led by Don Jorgenson (36), hiked up to Stairs Gulch in Big Cottonwood Canyon to do some glissading. Jorgenson lost control of his glissade and started cartwheeling. He went over a band of rock before stopping. Salt Lake County Sheriff's Search and Rescue climbed to the victim and lowered him to a place where he could be evacuated by helicopter. (Source: Jens Lund, Salt Lake City County Sheriffs Search and Rescue)

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