American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Fall on Rock, Inappropriate Footwear, Washington, Icicle Creek Canyon

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  • Publication Year: 1992

FALL ON ROCK, INAPPROPRIATE FOOTWEAR

Washington, Icicle Creek Canyon

On October 1, 1991, about 1400, Jon Thompson (22), climbing with Marty Thayer (28), had just finished climbing “Face Lift” (5.10a) and was casually rehearsing opening moves on “Beer and Loafing in Leavenworth” (5.10b) when his right foot blew off the hold after executing a high step with his left foot. He fell approximately two meters and sustained a fracture of a carpal in his right hand. The party self-evacuated to the local pub and secured ice to reduce swelling.

Analysis

Thompson had removed his rock shoes after completing “Face Lift” and was wearing Converse All-Stars at the time of the accident. Thompson gives the following advice: “Don’t boulder in your ‘Chucky-Ts.’” (Source: Jon Thompson)

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