American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Various Fall on Rock, Various Causes, California, Joshua Tree National Park

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  • Publication Year: 2001

VARIOUS FALLS ON ROCK, VARIOUS CAUSES

California, Joshua Tree National Park

There were five incident reports from this park that qualified for the data. They all were falls, three of them resulting in injuries because either protection pulled or there was inadequate protection. One fall resulted on a lowering—when the belay rope whistled through the stitch-plate belay device. Another occurred when a husband was rappelling from die same (doubled) rope his wife was climbing on. She had no belay when she fell.

There were, as usual, hikers getting into technical terrain and falling. Two of these fell 50 feet. (Source: Incident Reports submitted by Joshua Tree National Park)

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