American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Fall on Rock, Inadequate Protection, California, Joshua Tree National Monument

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  • Publication Year: 1987


California, Joshua Tree National Monument

On November 16,1986, a report of a fallen climber on Jimmy Cliff rock was called in. John Hayward (43) was leading “Third World” (5.9), and while trying to place protection, he fell about three meters onto a ledge. His partner, Bill Gibson (26) lowered Hayward to the base of the climb about ten meters. Gibson made Hayward as comfortable as possible while another person reported the accident to the Park Service. Hayward sustained a broken lower leg and elbow. (Source: Kip Knapp, Ranger, Joshua Tree National Monument)

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