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Fall on Rock, Protection Failure, Inadequate Protection, Alberta, Rock Mountains, Banff Area, Sunshine Slabs

FALL ON ROCK, PROTECTION FAILURE, INADEQUATE PROTECTION

Alberta, Rocky Mountains, Banff Area, Sunshine Slabs

Sunshine Slabs is a short practice cliff just west of Banff. One summer day in 1991, a climber (30) was leading on steep, loose corners to the right of it when he slipped off. The victim fell 15 meters to the ground when a small tree used for protection was pulled out by the force of the fall. He suffered a spinal injury and head and knee lacerations. His companions had him immobilized on a scrap of plywood when Emergency

Medical Services Personnel arrived to help him. (Source: Banff National Park Warden Service)

Analysis

Trees provide very convenient protection placements, and large ones may be reliable, but smaller ones should be suspect. (Source: Orvel Miskiw, ACC Calgary Section)