American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Fall on Rock, Poor Conditions, Alberta, Mount McGillivray, Kahl Crack

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  • Publication Year: 2002

FALL ON ROCK, POOR CONDITIONS

Alberta, Mount McGillivray, Kahl Crack

On July 16, D.W. was leading the third pitch of this 200 meter high 5.5 rock climb. The crack in which he was supposed to be climbing and placing gear was wet, so he climbed on the rock just beside the well traveled route. A handhold pulled off, and he fell 15-20 meters. Natural Resource Services, Kananaskis Country, was called by a nearby mountain guide. D.W. was suffering from a sore lower back, but declined an ambulance ride. (Source: Ken Wiley)

Analysis

It is possible to view the third pitch from its base. When D.W and his partner realized the pitch was wet and out of condition, it would have been wise to consider retreat. (Source: Nancy Hansen)

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