American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Fall on Snow, Unable to Self-Arrest, Climbing Unroped, Wyoming, Grand Teton National Park, Teewinot

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FALL ON SNOW, UNABLE TO SELF-ARREST, CLIMBING UNROPED

Wyoming, Grand Teton National Park, Teewinot

On August 1, Pamela Foyster (36) was descending the east face of Teewinot. About 1315 she fell while plunge-stepping down the snow which leads down from the big notch near the summit. She failed to self-arrest and tumbled out of control for approximately 50 feet to the bottom of the snowfield and then bounced another 50 feet down the rock.

Ms. Foyster was then assisted to the valley by two other climbers, Greg and Louise Smith. They arrived back at Lupine Meadows shortly before 2000. Foyster said that being a nurse, she had evaluated her own injuries and would seek medical attention the following morning. She had multiple bruises and possibly a fractured right arm. Her climbing helmet also suffered serious damage. (Source: Bob Irvine, SAR Ranger, Grand Teton National Park)

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