American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Fall on Rock, Placed Inadequate Protection, Exceeded Abilities, Colorado, Glenwood Springs

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  • Publication Year: 1989

FALL ON ROCK, PLACED INADEQUATE PROTECTION,

EXCEEDED ABILITIES

Colorado, Glenwood Springs

In July, Wyman Bontrager (36) attempted to lead a 5.8 crack climb and attempted to lie-back an extremely thin crack one meter parallel to main crack system. Victim had placed TCU in flaring crack three meters below point of fall. Victim fell about eight meters, fracturing left ankle, right heel, and spine. (Source: Wyman Bontrager)

(Editor’s Note: The victim, who was the rescuer/reporter for the fatality near this area, advises placing protection at closer intervals.)

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