American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Rappel Error—Clipped to One Rope, Fall on Rock, Oregon, Smith Rock State Park

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RAPPEL ERROR—CLIPPED TO ONE ROPE, FALL ON ROCK

Oregon, Smith Rock State Park

On February 4, John Elgin (24) fell 60 feet after failing to rig his rappel properly. All that is known is that another climber shouted to Elgin to recheck his rig as he prepared to rappel. Apparently he only clipped in to one of the double strands. (Source: Jeff Sheetz, Portland Mountain Rescue)

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