American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Loss of Control—Voluntary Glissade, Washington, Mount Baker

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  • Publication Year: 1996


Washington, Mount Raker

On July 18, Robert Porter (48) was descending the Coleman Glacier on Mount Baker when he lost control of his glissade and tumbled into a crevasse, landing on a kind of saddle that kept him from going in deeper.

He managed to throw a rope out to his partner, who pulled him out. He was helicoptered out from there, and was in satisfactory condition in the hospital by the next day.

He was the fifth person in two years to have this kind of accident here. (Source: The Bellingham Herald, from an article by Mark Porter, July 19, 1995)

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