American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Various Falls on Rock, Inadequate Belays, Inadequate Protection, Poor Position, and Exceeding Abilities, New York, Mohonk Preserve, Shawangunks

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  • Publication Year: 2008

VARIOUS FALLS ON ROCK, INADEQUATE BELAYS, INADEQUATE PROTECTION, POOR POSITION, AND EXCEEDING ABILITIES

New York, Mohonk Preserve, Shawangunks

We received fourteen reports from this climbing area for the year 2007.

Most of the falling accidents were leader falls. Two injuries were the result of falling while bouldering. Protection pulling out and/or inadequate protection accounted for four injuries. In two cases, the belay anchor failed.

The average age of those involved was 34 and the average difficulty of the climbs on which the incidents occurred was 5.6. The level of experience of six of those involved is unknown. Of the remainder, half had none or moderate experience and the rest were experienced. (Source: From reports submitted by Mohonk Preserve)

(Editor’s Note: The reports we receive from this location do not contain any narratives. Many of the incidents to which the Preserve responds are minor in terms of injuries‚ and often the climbers involved do not volunteer much information.)

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