American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Fall on Rock, Placed Inadequate Protection, California, Joshua Tree National Monument

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  • Publication Year: 1993

FALL ON ROCK, PLACED INADEQUATE PROTECTION

California, Joshua Tree National Monument

On January 31, 1992, at 1450, Laurie Lauer (32) fell near the top of White Lightning (5.7). Due to the stretch in the rope and the distance from her last piece of protection, the distance of the fall was 15 to 20 feet. She landed on a slab, resulting in a fractured lower right leg. She was evacuated by park rangers. (Source: David Trevino, Ranger, Joshua Tree National Monument)

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