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Fall on Rock, California, Yosemite Valley, Nutcracker

FALL ON ROCK

California, Yosemite Valley, Nutcracker

On September 20, 1992, Margaret Cashman was leading the sixth pitch of the Nutcracker route when she took a ten foot leader fall. As a result of the fall she impacted both of her heels causing possible fractures and significant pain. A technical lowering operation with an attending medic was implemented and Cashman was safely brought to the ground and transported to LMH without complication.

Analysis

I don’t know exactly what happened here, but we’ve had several accidents on this pitch, the last on the climb. Just above the start of the pitch is a short, steep comer, then a mantle, then an easy traverse right for a few feet, then a couple of face moves. People have fallen on all of those sections. If not carefully protected, they smack the low-angle slab at the belay (Source: John Dill, SAR Ranger, Yosemite National Park)