American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Fall on Rock, Protection Pulled Out, Utah, Little Cottonwood Canyon

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  • Publication Year: 1987

FALL ON ROCK, PROTECTION PULLED OUT

Utah, Little Cottonwood Canyon

On June 12, 1986, Chris Bradley (26) was climbing Half Finger Chimney with two friends. He was leading when his top piece of protection pulled and he fell about 12 meters, suffering head, arm and chest injuries. (Source: Lt. Mike Wilkenson, Salt Lake County Sheriff Search and Rescue)

(Editor’s Note: Of the ten reports received from Utah this year, two involved skiers being caught in avalanches, six were hiker accidents in which the victims found themselves in a climbing situation, and only two were directly related to climbing. Given the number of rock climbers and the level of activity in Utah, it seems likely that we are getting only those reports which involve SAR units.)

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