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Fall on Snow—Faulty Use of Crampons, California, Mount Shasta, Avalanche Gulch

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FALL ON SNOW–FAULTY USE OF CRAMPONS

California, Mount Shasta, Avalanche Gulch

On July 3, a climber fell near The Heart in Avalanche Gulch at 12,500 feet while descending and stuck his crampons into his calf, receiving multiple deep puncture wounds. A USFS Climbing Ranger at Helen Lake made contact with the climber at 1400. The climber refused assistance and descended on his own.

Analysis

An ice ax and crampons are great tools for snow and ice and recommended on all routes on Mount Shasta. However, we see puncture wounds every year due to improper use. One should get some training before using these and continue to practice. (Source: Eric White, Climbing Ranger/Avalanche Specialist)

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