American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Falls on Rock, Inadequate Protection, Utah, Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons

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  • Publication Year: 1994

FALLS ON ROCK, INADEQUATE PROTECTION

Utah, Rig and Little Cottonwood Canyons

The three “official” accident reports from Special Operations Director Thad Moore— Salt Lake City Sheriff's Office—parallel the other reports I have from climbers and guides in this area. There are many more falls than get reported, mostly because the victims self-rescue or are not injured seriously enough to warrant a hospital or ER visit.

The important factor here is the common denominator of cause: “Placed no or inadequate protection.” Local experienced climbers believe that most of those getting in trouble are sport/gym climbers converting to the outdoor cliff world.

Anyone else with experience or opinion regarding this phenomenon should send reports to me. (Source: Jed Williamson)

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