American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Falling Rock, Alberta, Rocky Mountains, Ice Caves

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  • Publication Year: 1990

FALLING ROCK

Alberta, Rocky Mountains, Ice Caves

On July 6, 1989, around 1600, three climbers were scrambling on easy rock at the entrance to ice caves near Bragg Creek. One of the climbers was on an exit crack to the ice caves when a rock formation collapsed on top of him. He suffered massive and fatal injuries. (Source: George Field, Alpine Specialist, Kananaskis Country)

Analysis

Many people have scrambled at the same location without incident. The accident has to be considered an unfortunate act of nature. (Source: George Field, Alpine Specialist, Kananaskis Country)

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