American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Fall on Rock, Inadequate Protection — Washington, Leavenworth—Icicle Creek

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FALL ON ROCK, INADEQUATE PROTECTION

Washington, Leavenworth—Icicle Creek

On May 13, 1984, Dr. Robert Yakel (52) was on an Olympic Mountain Rescue Team (for which he is the medical advisor) training trip to the Icicle Creek practice area when he took a ten meter fall, fracturing his right ankle and left knee. When he fell, a chock popped out, but broke his fall to some extent. Participants noted that he was not wearing a hard hat, and that if he had landed on his head, he would probably have been killed. (Source: George Sainsbury, Seattle MRC)

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