American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Uncontrolled Head First Rappel, No Belay, Wisconsin, Devil's Lake State Park

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  • Publication Year: 1992

UNCONTROLLED HEAD FIRST RAPPEL, NO RELAY

Wisconsin, Devil’s Lake State Park

On July 20, 1991, Martin Bordson (29) was doing a head first 70 foot rappel when he lost control and hit the ground, breaking both wrists. (Source: Visitor Accident Report, Devil’s Lake State Park)

(Editor’s Note: There were another half a dozen reports from Devil’s Lake State Park, all hikers who got themselves into climbing situations and had to be rescued or treated.)

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