American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Fall on Rock, Weather, No Spotter and No Hard Hat, Washington, Icicle River Canyon

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FALL ON ROCK, WEATHER, NO SPOTTER AND NO HARD HAT

Washington, Icicle River Canyon

On April 17, 1993, the Everett Mountaineers were conducting a part of their Alpine Scramble course when an instructor (male—67) fell while bouldering. He had done several layback maneuvers, but then slipped and fell about five feet, hitting his head on a large, sharp boulder. His two inch laceration required seven stitches.

Analysis

Due to the rain, the rocks were wet and slippery. When bouldering, especially if a helmet is not worn, there should be spotters properly positioned. (Source: From a report by Cheryl Rudd, Assistant Field Trip Leader)

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