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


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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