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Falling Icicle, Fall on Ice, Inadequate Protection

On March 2, a climber was five to seven meters into a lead on Pearl Necklace (50 m. WI 5+), without placing any protection. He had placed a tool and kicked one foot into a free-hanging icicle when it broke. The climber barn-doored backward, then fell, hitting the ground shortly after the large icicle. He landed feet first then rolled a short distance downslope. He suffered a broken tibia and fibula in his left leg.

Analysis

The climber gambled on an unprotected move onto a risky icicle, with the potential of groundfall as a consequence. (Source: Parks Canada Warden Service, Brent Kozachenko)