American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Fall on Rock, No Spotter, California, Yosemite Valley, Swan Slab

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  • Publication Year: 1993


California, Yosemite Valley, Swan Slab

On July 23, 1992, Michael Poulin fell about eight feet to the ground while bouldering in the Swan Slab area. He sustained a severely angulated right ankle fracture. (Source: C. Jacobi, Ranger, Yosemite National Park)

(Editor's Note: Many injuries could be prevented if proper spotting techniques were used while bouldering—provided the climber is no more than six or eight feet above the spotter.)

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