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Fall on Rock, Placed No Protection, California, Yosemite Valley

FALL ON ROCK, PLACED NO PROTECTION

California, Yosemite Valley

On June 15, 1987, Mike Vanderbeek age 22, was leading the first pitch of the Steck/Salathe on Sentinel Rock when he took a ten-meter fall to the ground. At the time, he was down-climbing a chimney and looking for an alternative route. He had placed no protection.

He broke his ankle and suffered deep scalp lacerations, but was able to descend the Class 4 slabs and talus slopes to the trail below with the help of his partner. (Source: Dan Dellinges, Ranger, Yosemite National Park)