American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Falling Rock, Alberta, Rocky Mountains, Mount Redoubt

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  • Publication Year: 1986

FALLING ROCK

Alberta, Rocky Mountains, Mount Redoubt

On August 25, 1985, three highly experienced climbers were ascending a chimney on the west face of Mt. Redoubt. About 12 meters above a belay station, the leader dislodged a large boulder, raining rocks and debris on the two below. The leader fell about three meters onto his protection and was held by the belayer. Both persons at the belay were hit by falling rock and sustained injuries. (Source: Warden Service, Banff National Park))

Analysis

This accident demonstrates the susceptibility of even highly experienced climbers to the dangerous effects of the instability of rock found throughout the Canadian Rockies. Experience, judgment, and the use of safe climbing techniques do not always guarantee protection from objective hazards. (Source: Warden Service, Banff National Park)

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