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

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)