American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Loose Rock Came Off — Failure to Test Holds — Washington, North Cascades National Park, Sahale Peak

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LOOSE ROCK CAME OFF – FAILURE TO TEST HOLDS

Washington, North Cascades National Park, Sahale Peak

On June 19, a party of Everett Mountaineers selected a non-standard route up the West Face of Sahale Peak. They were within 50 feet of the 8000-foot summit ridge around 2030 when one of them grabbed a loose rock. It struck him in the face and caused him to fall 30–40 feet. His left arm became tangled in the rope, which caused a dislocation of his shoulder. He also suffered a black eye, broken teeth, and many bruises. Fortunately, he was wearing a helmet.

They were able to return to their camp, where the victim was then transported to the hospital by helicopter. (Source: From a report written by Galen Stark, Ranger at NCNP)

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