American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Inadequate Protection—Rappel Failure, Knot Parted, Washington, Tonasket Crags

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  • Publication Year: 1990

INADEQUATE PROTECTION—RAPPEL FAILURE, KNOT PARTED

Washington, Tohasket Crags

On July 24, 1989, Gary Hickenbottom (39) plunged 12 meters to the ground, breaking both legs and a heel, when his rappel ropes parted. (Source: Gary Hickenbottom)

Analysis

Improperly set up rappel—a knot evidently failed. Don’t get in a hurry. Proper use of knots. (Source: Gary Hickenbottom)

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