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Falling Rock, Failure to Follow Route, British Columbia, Rocky Mountains, Mount Assiniboine

FALLING ROCK, FAILURE TO FOLLOW ROUTE

British Columbia, Rocky Mountains, Mount Assiniboine

On July 26, 1985, around 1300, an experienced climber (20) was ascending on rock toward Hind Hut on his way to Mount Assiniboine. A falling rock struck him on the helmet and dislocated his shoulder. His injury was severe enough so that he could not move. About 1900, he was discovered by a climbing guide, who sent his client down to notify the ranger. The climbing guide bivouacked with the injured climber overnight. At 0500 the next day, another climbing guide was sent to the site with a radio, to direct the Parks Canada Helicopter Rescue Team to the site when it arrived at 0610. They lifted the injured climber off the mountain with a harness and sling. (Source: Gordon McRae, Mt. Assiniboine Provincial Park)

Analysis

The climber was off route and in an area of continual rock fall. He had asked directions before departing, but must not have had the route clearly in mind. (Source: Gordon McRae, Mt. Assiniboine Provincial Park)