American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Fall on Rappel, British Columbia, Rocky Mountains, Mount Stanley

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  • Publication Year: 1999

FALL ON RAPPEL

British Columbia, Rocky Mountains, Mount Stanley

On July 27, after returning from the North Face glacier route, three climbers were rappelling low angle slabs heading to the meadows below. One of them lost control of his rappel for a short distance and caught his foot in a crack. He fractured his ankle. His two partners then assisted him down to their camp below. When they became overdue the next morning, a warden service rescue team was dispatched. The injured climber was flown to the hospital.

Analysis

It is not known if the climber had a prusik backup to his rappel. (Source: Parks Canada Warden Service)

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