American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Fall on Rock, Weather, Inexperience, Colorado, Flatirons

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  • Publication Year: 1987


Colorado, Flatirons

On May 12, 1986, a female (15) slipped and fell while cimbing the second Flatiron in Boulder with her father. Unexpected rainfall had apparently made the rock slippery enough to cause the girl to lose her footing and pendulum. She fractured her left clavicle. Her father managed to get the two to safety in the shelter of an overhanging rock, where they were met by members of the Rocky Mountain Rescue Group who splinted the injury and evacuated the victim using a litter in a vertical evacuation mode. (Source: Tom Mullen, Rocky Mountain Rescue Group)

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