American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Falling Rock, Rock Dislodged By Partners, Montana, Beartooth Mountains

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  • Publication Year: 1993


Montana, Beartooth Mountains

On September 2, 1992, Kimberly Paulson (22) was with seven other members of a Minneapolis, MN, YMCA group when she was struck by a falling rock that had been dislodged by the person in front of her. The rock weighed an estimated one ton. She died from her injuries later that evening, before rescuers arrived. (Source: Star Tribune article, September 4, 1992)

(Editor's Note: This will be reported as a “mountain related" accident to the National Safety Council and other agencies. We call it a hiking accident and do not include it in our data. It was the only report received from Montana this year.)

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