American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Fall on Rock, Inadequate Protection, Alberta, Rocky Mountains, Lake Louise, Back of the Lake

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  • Publication Year: 1994

FALL ON ROCK, INADEQUATE PROTECTION

Alberta, Rocky Mountains, Lake Louise, Back of the Lake Crag

D.L. was leading a pitch at the Back of the Lake Crag on June 6, 1993 when he fell. His protection pulled, and he hit the ground, sustaining a compound fracture of the ankle. He was evacuated by the Parks Canada Warden Service rescue team, by helicopter.

Analysis

It seems that the victim was climbing on uncharted terrain; the route was dirty, and protection appeared to be marginal. (Source: Banff National Park Warden Service)

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