American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Frostbite, Washington, Mount Rainier

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  • Publication Year: 1994

FALLING ROCK

Washington, Icicle River Canyon, Snow Lakes

On July 31, 1993, Rolf Sonnerup (28) was climbing on a popular rock face across the road from the Snow Lakes trailhead. His partner was 50 feet above Sonnerup and dislodged a rock that struck Sonnerup in the shoulder and arm, then hit his leg, taking off skin and muscle down to the bone from the knee to the ankle.

Members of the Chelan County HASTY rescue team and Chelan County Mountain Rescue climbed up to reach Sonnerup. Ambulance crews from Leavenworth and Wenatchee, and two Canadian doctors visiting the area, worked on Sonnerup and moved him about 50 feet to where the helicopter could reach him.

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