American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Webbing Anchor "Broke Free," Inadequate Protection, Wisconsin, Devil's Lake State Park

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  • Publication Year: 1992

WEBBING ANCHOR “BBOKE FBEE,” INADEQUATE PROTECTION

Wisconsin, Devil’s Lake State Park

On May 28, 1991, Mark Forsythe (28) fell about 70 feet after a climbing sling apparently “broke.” He had moved the protection that was on the top of the climb and had begun to lower himself down on belay from his partner. Forsythe suffered several fractures and lacerations. (Source: Visitor Accident Report, Devil’s Lake State Park)

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