American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Fall on Rock, No Hard Hat, Idaho, City of Rocks

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  • Publication Year: 1991


Idaho, City of Rocks

On June 25, Tim Herron (early 30s) fell about five meters from Dire Straights. He was held by his rope, but he struck his head. He was lowered to a rock formation below, unconscious and having convulsions. He was evacuated and flown to Pocatello. He died on August 4. (Source: Idaho State Parks and Recreation Accident/Incident Form)

(Editor’s Note: This park has become a very popular climbing area. Very few accidents are reported. The ratio of serious injury/fatality to climber days is indicative of the level of expertise which assembles here.)

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