American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Falling Rock, Utah, Arches National Park

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  • Publication Year: 2002

PULLED ROCK OFF–FALL ON ROCK, FAILURE TO TEST HOLDS, EXCEEDING ABILITIES

Oregon, Smith Rock State Park, Misery Ridge Mesa

On October 17, Brent Bishop (19) and his friend Jason (19) were scrambling the fourth class route to the top of the Misery Ridge Mesa at Smith Rock State Park when Brent pulled loose a hand hold near the top of the climb. He fell about 40 feet, breaking his leg and cutting his scalp. 911 was quickly called. Redmond Fire and Rescue assisted by Deschutes County Search and Rescue approached from the Crooked River below the Gully and performed a high angle rope and stretcher rescue descent to a wheeled stretcher and a waiting ambulance. Analysis

Brent, who has been bouldering for a while, says he wants to learn to climb with ropes. He says he has more respect for fourth class climbing following his accident.

This is one of several scrambling accidents at Smith Rock. The volcanic scree and friable rock in various locations in the State Park contribute to many calls for assistance from Park Rangers and Rescue units. (Source: Robert Speik)

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