American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Loss of Control—Voluntary Glissade, Washington, Guy Peak

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  • Publication Year: 1996

LOSS OF CONTROL—VOLUNTARY GLISSADE

Washington, Guy Peak

On January 7, John Hughes (46) climbed Guy Peak with four other experienced friends. He was just starting to descend when he slipped from his glissade and could not selfarrest. He yelled, “Out of the way,” and fell 1,000 feet down the standard route, over at least two cliff bands, coming to rest on scree. Witnesses spent 20 minutes attending to him, but he did not survive. (Source: From an MRA report by Debby Riehl)

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