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Fall on Rock, Inadequate Protection, Nut Pulled Out, Washington, Icicle Creek Buttress

FALL ON ROCK, INADEQUATE PROTECTION, NUT PULLED OUT

Washington, Icicle Creek Buttress

On May 17, after several attempts on a pitch (short) on Eight Mile Buttress, Jeff Wright (37) climbed back to the high point to clean the protection. Because he was already fatigued, he clipped into a fixed nut at the high point to rest before down climbing. That nut pulled out, and he fell full force onto a slab 15 feet below and rolled another 20 feet before being stopped by the belay. Subsequent treatment for fractured vertebrae and ankle and technical litter evacuation was accomplished by a rescue team from Tacoma Mountain Rescue training nearby. (Source: Compiled from reports by Jeff Wright and Tacoma Mountain Rescue)

Analysis

Closer inspection of the fixed nut and/or back-up protection would have prevented this fall. This incident was caused by my complacency. I violated my standards of practice. Kudos to the Tacoma Mountain Rescue for a quick, professional rescue. Without

their expertise, I would most likely be paralyzed from the waist down. Support your local Rescue Group! (Source: Jeff Wright)