American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Stranded, Climbing Alone, Failure to Test Hold—Falling Rock, Unroped, Alberta, Rocky Mountains, Grotto Canyon

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STRANDED, CLIMBING ALONE, FAILURE TO TEST HOLD—FALLING ROCK, UNROPED

Alberta, Rocky Mountains, Grotto Canyon

On August 4, 1990, off-duty ranger M.S. was climbing with a partner in Grotto Canyon, when they found D.K. stranded on a ledge some 20 meters up the face of the His and Hers waterfalls. D.K. requested help in getting down, as he had pulled a rock loose while climbing, and sustained a swollen lip and minor abrasions. M.S. and his partner climbed the 5.4 pitch, improvised a harness for D.K., and belayed him to the bottom of the face. (Source: George Field, Alpine Specialist, Peter Lougheed Provincial Park)

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