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Fall on Ice, Inattention, Alberta, Banff National Park, Professor Falls

FALL ON ICE, INATTENTION

Alberta, Banff National Park, Professor Falls

On March 20, after instructing an ice climbing session on this popular Grade 4 ice climb, J.M. tripped on easy terrain while descending to the second rappel. He fell over a six meter pitch and sustained a dislocated shoulder and a back injury. One member of the party walked out for help, and the victim was evacuated by heli-sling shortly thereafter by Warden Service rescue crews. (Source: Parks Canada Warden Service)

Analysis

Care and attention are necessary even on easy ground, especially when one has crampons on. (Source: Nancy Hansen)