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Fall on Snow, Weather, Exceeding Abilities, Inadequate Equipment, Washington, Snoqualmie, Silver Peak

FALL ON SNOW, WEATHER, EXCEEDING ABILITIES, INADEQUATE EQUIPMENT

Washington, Snoqualmie, Silver Peak

On June 17, this accident occurred while a party of 11 “Alpine Scramblers” were descending Silver Peak. Lori Levin (30) reported the following:

The leader and the group were in a hurry to get home due to fog and rain. The snow was especially icy and slippery. I tried to keep up and overstepped a hill and fell (45 meters) into a tree off a cliff. My ice ax slipped out of my hand so I could not selfarrest. I screamed and fell. A half hour later I was rescued and walked out OK after rescue help. (Source: Lori Levine)

Analysis

I will always secure my ice ax with a wrist loop and I will never go on a trip when I am exhausted from a stressful week. The conditions of bad weather, being inexperienced and afraid helped make the trip difficult. I won’t go on advanced trips when I am a beginner. I won’t climb if I’ve had a bad week, and I will only do easy scrambles. (Source: Lori Levin)