American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Fall on Snow — Faulty Use of Crampons, Oregon, Mount Hood, South Side

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FALL ON SNOW—FAULTY USE OF CRAMPONS

Oregon, Mount Hood, South Side

On April 4, a climber (32) was glissading below Crater Rock when his crampons snagged on hard snow, resulting in a fractured tibia. (Source: Jeff Sheetz, Portland Mountain Rescue)

(Editor's Note: Perhaps we should put New Hampshire guide George Hurley’s mantra on all crampons: “There is no good reason for glissading with sharp spikes on our feet. ”

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