American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Falling Rock, Alberta, Rocky Mountains, Mount Victoria

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  • Publication Year: 1999

FALLING ROCK

Alberta, Rocky Mountains, Mount Victoria

On August 12, a party of two were starting early up the North Ridge of Mount Victoria to the north peak after a bivouac at the Victoria Collier Col. The ridge is moderate ice with a fourth class rock step. At the step, the leader dislodged a rock which hit his belayer in the arm as he tried to protect his face. He sustained a fracture to the lower arm. Two other climbers leaving the bivouac below for the Collier ridge heard their call for help. One of them, an off- duty park warden, called Warden Service Dispatch on his radio. The injured climber was evacuated by heli-sling shortly afterwards. (Source: Parks Canada Warden Service)

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