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Handhold Pulled Out, Fall on Rock, Inadequate Protection (Chock Pulled), Alberta, Rocky Mountains, Lake Louise Area, Back of the Lake Crag

HANDHOLD PULLED OUT, FALL ON ROCK, INADEQUATE PROTECTION (CHOCK PULLED)

Alberta, Rocky Mountains, Lake Louise Area, Rack of the Lake Crag

On September 1, 1991, Andrew S. and his friend were rock climbing at the Back of the Lake. Andrew fell when a handhold broke while he was leading the route “Arrow Float” (5.12a). His protection pulled and he fell approximately ten meters to the ground, injuring his femur and head on contact. A doctor on the scene administered first aid, and the victim was flown out with a helicopter by the Warden Service. (Source: Banff National Park Warden Service)

Analysis

Such a long fall may have been prevented by more, and secure, protection. (Source: Banff National Park Warden Service)

(Editor’s Note: On extreme climbs, it’s usually not possible to test holds, which is one other reason for good protection.)