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

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)