American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Fall on Rock, Failure to Test Holds, Alberta, Kananaskis Country, Mount John Laurie (Mount Yamnuska)

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  • Publication Year: 2005


Alberta, Kananaskis Country, Mount John Laurie (Mount Yamnuska)

On September 8, a climber who had been bolting stations on an unnamed route on Mount Yamnuska fell approximately 40 feet, fracturing his ankle. He fell on the fourth pitch while rope-soloing onto a cam. The fall was initiated by a hold breaking. Of particular note was that this was the same person who was involved in the incident reported on Mount Yamnuska on April 23. He had recovered from his double ankle fractures and this was reportedly his first time out since that incident. (Source: Burke Duncan) Analysis

This is the third climbing incident on Mount Yamnuska due either to rock- fall or hold failure this season. In addition, there was at least one serious scrambling incident on this mountain due to rockfall.

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