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Fall on Rock, Iowa, Maquoketa Caves State Park


Iowa, Maquoketa Caves State Park

In late August 1988, Val Svetich (24) fell while rock climbing at Maquoketa Caves State Park and reportedly lost her leg. She was climbing with a friend near a cave called Fatman’s Misery according to a park ranger. (Source: A brief clipping sent in by Glen Gierke, Jr.)

(Editor’s Note: We know that there is a lot of climbing activity in the mid-West, and finding sources for accidents continues. All contributions welcomed!)