American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Stranded, No Equipment, Colorado, Rocky Mountain National Park, Hallett Peak

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  • Publication Year: 1996

STRANDED, NO EQUIPMENT

Colorado, Rocky Mountain National Park, Hallett Peak

On August 17,1995, Gabor Vereczi (25) and Zoltan Vereczi (23) were attempting the 400 foot high east face of the East Glacier Knob. The Hungarian climbers were not using technical equipment, and became stranded on separate ledges 150 feet from the top. Rocky Mountain National Park SAR team rappelled to them with equipment and belayed them to the top of the formation and down the descent route. They were both uninjured.

Analysis

An experienced solo, sans rope, rock climber may insure himself against being stranded by carrying a rope and some protection for emergencies. Some preview of the route by prior roped ascent might also be beneficial. However, the safest alternative is not to risk this style of ascent at all. (Source: Jim Detterline, Longs Peak Supervisory Climbing Ranger, Rocky Mountain National Park)

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