American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Darkness, Stranded, Rappel Error—Rope Jammed, Colorado, Eldorado Canyon State Park, Red Garden Wall

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  • Publication Year: 1996

DARKNESS, STRANDED, RAPPEL ERROR—ROPE JAMMED

Colorado, Eldorado Canyon State Park, Red Garden Wall

On February 18, two climbers (one 24) became stranded when darkness fell and their rappel rope jammed on Red Garden Wall. They made a fire to keep warm, and were rescued the next day.

Analysis

One of the “Climb Smart” questions to ask: Is there enough light to finish the climb? (Source: Tim Metzger, Park Manager, Eldorado Canyon State Park)

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