American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Fall on Ice, California, Carson Peak

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  • Publication Year: 1990


California, Carson Peak

On December 28, 1989, a daring nighttime rescue of an injured mountain climber came off without a hitch as the June Lake Mountain Rescue Team lowered a Davis man some 600 meters off Carson Peak to waiting paramedics.

Edward Darack (18) a student at UC Davis, broke both the tibia and fibula bones of one leg in a 25 meter fall while ice climbing in Rob’s Ravine on Carson Peak, high above the June Lake Loop.

Darack’s climbing partner, Alan Van Gemeret of June Lake, was able to stabilize Darack’s condition, lower him about 90 meters off the most technical part of the route, then scramble down to report the accident. (Source: Jeff Putnam, Review-Herald, December 29, 1989)

(Editor’s Note: There was another, similar ice fall accident a few days later. We are told that these are on the increase in Mono County.)

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