American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Fall on Rock, Climbing Alone and Unroped, Alberta, Rocky Mountains, Mount Whyte

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FALL ON ROCK, CLIMBING ALONE AND UNROPED Alberta, Rocky Mountains, Mount Whyte

D.L. was soloing the north ridge of Mount Whyte on August 1, 1993, when he fell on fourth-class rock. He is unsure of how far he fell, but was in a lot of pain when he regained consciousness. He descended to the Whyte-Niblock col and met a party coming from Mount Niblock. They sent for help and started descending to Lake Agnes with the victim. He was evacuated by helicopter at the lake in failing light. (Source: Banff National Park Warden Service)


This route is not difficult in good conditions, but involves significant exposure in several places. Use of a rope is recommended, so soloists should be extra careful. (Source: Orvel Miskiw)

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