American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Fall on Rock, Protection Pulled Out, No Hard Hat, Wisconsin, Devil's Lake State Park

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  • Publication Year: 1988

FALL ON ROCK, PROTECTION PULLED OUT, NO HARD HAT

Wisconsin, Devil’s Lake State Park

On June 18, 1987, Jon Currie (24) was climbing Berkeley when he fell from 12 meters. His foot became entangled in his harness, which caused him to turn upside down. His last piece of protection pulled, so he fell six meters, hitting his head when he turned upside down. He was rescued by park personnel. (Source: Judy Nigbor, Ranger, Devil’s Lake State Park)

Analysis

Of the six accidents reported from Devil’s Lake State Park this year, five resulted in head injuries which could have been prevented or made less serious had the victims chosen to wear helmets. (Source: J. Williamson)

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