American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Inadequate Protection—Rappel Failure, Anchor Sling, Knot Parted, Washington, Icicle Creek Canyon

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  • Publication Year: 1990

INADEQUATE PROTECTION—RAPPEL FAILURE, ANCHOR SLING KNOT PARTED

Washington, Icicle Creek Canyon

On August 28, 1989, Gretchen Glatte (23) fell about 20 meters, breaking her neck, elbow and both wrists, and collapsing a lung when the sling being used for an anchor to lower her parted. (Source: From a report by Richard Watson)

(Editor’s Note: This is the fifth report of this kind of accident for 1989: two in Canada, three in the United States—all narratives presented in this volume.)

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