American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Fall on Rock—Inadequate Protection on Rappel, No Hard Hat, North Carolina, Crowders Mountain

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FALL ON ROCK—INADEQUATE PROTECTION ON RAPPEL, NO HARD HAT

North Carolina, Crowders Mountain

On January 16, 1994, Timothy Samartino (21) fell about 90 feet from near the top of a rappel. He suffered scalp lacerations and a concussion. ( Source: Deidri Sarver, Ranger)

Analysis

The details are difficult to discern, but basically, Samartino was on rappel and his “braking action” was not effective, and he was not being belayed. Crowders Mountain is a popular area, and individuals come with a range of climbing skill levels. (Source: Jed Williamson)

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