American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Fall on Rock, Rappel Error—Anchor Knot Failed, Utah, Wasatch Mountains, Big Cottonwood Canyon

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  • Publication Year: 1996

FALL ON ROCK, RAPPEL ERROR—ANCHOR KNOT FAILED

Utah, Wasatch Mountains, Big Cottonwood Canyon

On June 17, Harmer Kirt fell while rappelling at Storm Mountain in Big Cottonwood Canyon. Kirt fell 15 to 20 feet and injured his ankle and wrist. Mr. Kirt was removed by the Sheriff's SAR team and transported by ambulance to the hospital.

Analysis

Investigation revealed that the subject's anchor knot had failed. (Source: G. Banks, Salt Lake County Sheriff SAR)

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