American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Fall on Rock, Protection Pulled Out, Inexperience, Alberta, Rocky Mountains, Cascade Mountain

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  • Publication Year: 1991


Alberta, Rocky Mountains, Cascade Mountain

In July, 1990, a climber (19) fell while leading on cliffs just left of the Cascade waterfall. His first protection, a Friend, pulled out. The next one, a chock, held, but the victim fell about ten meters onto 60 degree rock, breaking a wrist and an ankle. His belayer lowered him to a ledge and went for help.


The place where this party got into trouble has often fooled inexperienced climbers before: easy slabs gradually steepen and the rock is loose. The climbers had just purchased a load of brand new equipment. Their previous experience was limited mostly to artificial climbing walls in the city. (Source: T. Auger, Warden Service, Banff National Park)

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