American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Fall on Rock, Inadequate (No) Belay, Miscommunication, Colorado, Eldorado Canyon State Park, Wind Tower

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FALL ON ROCK, INADEQUATE (NO) BELAY, MISCOMMUNICATION

Colorado, Eldorado Canyon State Park, Wind Tower

On June 30, a climber (16) fell 15 feet onto a rock ledge on Wind Tower. She thought she was being protected by the top rope. The rope went from her belayer (41) through the victim’s harness. The belayer did not have her on belay. Consequently she had no protection when she fell. (Source: J. W. Wilder, Park Ranger)

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