American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Fall on Rock, Inadequate Protection, North Carolina, Crowders Mountain State Park

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  • Publication Year: 1994

FALL ON ROCK, INADEQUATE PROTECTION

North Carolina, Crowders Mountain State Park

On May 23,1993, Dan Plaisted (31) was standing on the cliff, preparing to return to the bottom and begin his climb, when he suddenly fell, said park supervisor Joe Sox.

Plaisted broke several bones. He was airlifted to Carolnas Medical Center in Charlotte, where he was in critical condition Sunday night, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The accident occurred at 1115 in the eastern part of the park, in a designated climbing area known as the Red Wall.

Plaisted was atop the 50-foot cliff, securing some ropes he planned to use during the climb. Suddenly, Plaisted lost his balance and plunged to the ground. He landed on his feet, which probably saved him from head injuries or death. (Source: The Charlotte Observer, May 24,1993)

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