American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Fall on Rock, Climbing Unroped, Oregon, Rocky Butte

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  • Publication Year: 1996

FALL ON ROCK, CLIMBING UNROPED

Oregon, Rocky Butte

On August 19, Larry Anglin (31) was free climbing an 80 foot practice cliff, fell, and sustained critical head injuries. Subject was not wearing a helmet, but it is unlikely that a helmet would have made any difference. It is not known why Mr. Anglin climbed a moderate 5th class practice route without a belay, despite his use of a seat harness and trailing climbing rope. Belay-less climbing is not generally recommended, especially when long falls can occur.

PMR was not requested to respond. Above information obtained from newspaper article and discussion with Gene Gray, medical examiner. (Source: Jeff Sheetz, Portland Mountain Rescue)

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