American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Falling Rock, Poor Position, Colorado, Sangre de Cristo Range, Crestone Needle

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  • Publication Year: 1994

FALLING ROCK, POOR POSITION

Colorado, Sangre de Cristo Range, Crestone Needle

On August 22, 1993, a 38 year old man was struck by a falling rock near the summit of Crestone Needle while climbing with four others. He was struck in the face, and then fell down the slope. A body recovery was completed the next day.

Analysis

The victim was wearing a helmet, but he looked up when he heard the rockfall above him. It was apparently a spontaneous rockfall. (Source: Western State College Mountain Rescue Team)

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