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


California, Joshua Tree National Monument

On February 1, 1992, Michael Gardiner (31) fell while leading the Hobbit Roof (5.10). Gardiner's top piece of protection, a #2 Friend, pulled out, so he fell 30 feet to the ground. He landed on his feet, then fell to his side, hitting his head against the rock. He sustained a broken nose and sore jaw.


Where Gardiner fell is 5.9. He was relying on only one piece of protection. He was very lucky not to have sustained greater injury, as the landing area is not good. (Source: Debbie Brenchley, Ranger, Joshua Tree National Monument)

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