American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Stranded, Climbing Alone, Dropped Rope, California, Yosemite Valley

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  • Publication Year: 1990


California, Yosemite Valley

On May 22, 1989, at 1046, dispatch received a call from an Awhanee bellman concerning cries for help from the Serenity Crack area.

Ranger Korthius responded and found Dan M. Klein (32) stuck on the first ledge of Serenity Crack. Klein said he had been soloing the climb and self-belaying himself. When he got to the top, he tied in and then accidentally dropped his rope. Klein said he was uninjured and was safely anchored.

Rangers Howard and Teague responded. Howard found two climbers in the area who were intending to climb in the Serenity Crack area. They were excited about leading the pitch and could easily get Klein his rope. Jim Dugue led the 5.10a pitch to Klein. (Source: R. J. Howard, Ranger, Yosemite National Park)

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