American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Rappel Off Rope — New York, Shawangunks

  • Accident Reports
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  • Publication Year: 1985


New York, Shawangunks

On August 2, 1984, a woman (20) rappelled off the end of her rope on Jackie (5.5) and fell five meters to the ground, fracturing vertebrae. (Source: Tom Scheuer, Senior Ranger, Mohawk Preserve)


This kind of accident is almost non-existent these days. When it does happen, it is usually in a practice cliff and learning situation. (Source: J. Williamson)

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