American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Stranded, Lost, Party Separated—Disagreement, New Hampshire, Mount Washington

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  • Publication Year: 1990


New Hampshire, Mount Washington

In January of 1989, two climbers (30ish) completed the Pinnacle Gully route and bivouacked at the top of it. The next morning, the two parted ways because they were not getting along. One reached the road that day, the other got lost. A search was begun. The second climber was found the next day. He had bivouacked a second night because he didn’t know where he was—which was not far from the trail. (Source: Rick Wilcox, New Hampshire Mountain Rescue Service)


The man who got lost couldn’t see very well because of bad eyesight and cold weather. Maybe the best place to settle disagreements is in the valley over a beer or cup of tea. (Source: J. Williamson)

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