American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Fall on Rock, Wasps, New York, Shawangunks

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  • Publication Year: 1987


New York, Shawangunks

On July 27, 1986, a man (21) fell ten meters from Ursula (5.5) in wet conditions while being attacked by wasps. He suffered a compound fracture of one ankle, lacerations, and a possible head injury. (Source: Tom Scheuer, Senior Ranger, Mohonk Preserve)

(Editor’s Note: In other critter incidents, one climber was bitten by a snake on top of Three Pines, and another climber received about 40 stings when he climbed into a wasp nest on Fancy Idiot (5.6). Neither fell, and so did not become climbing accident statistics. The snake and wasp population has obviously not decreased here.)

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