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Fall on Rock, Exceeding Abilities, Climbing Unroped-No Equipment, North Carolina, Table Rock Mountain

FALL ON ROCK, EXCEEDING ABILITIES, CLIMBING UNROPED– NO EQUIPMENT

North Carolina, Table Rock Mountain

On July 19 a hiker turned climber fell after scrambling in the vicinity of the Wasp (5.7). He fell approximately 30 to 40 feet, sustaining severe head injuryand assorted trauma. After considerable effort he was evacuated by North Carolina Outward Bound School personnel and Burke County EMS. Helicopter evacuation was attempted but aborted due to inadequate LZ.

Analysis

Hikers need to familiarize themselves with the Sierra Club classification system (Class 1-6). Anything beyond the 4th class requires the exclusive use of a rope and specialized equipment, and the knowledge in its use. While not a climbing accident, this is included for the obvious lesson. (Source: Aram Attarian)