American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Fall on Rock, Failure of Nut

New Hampshire, Cathedral Ledge

  • Accident Reports
  • Accident Year: 2008
  • Publication Year: 2009

In August, Christopher Townsend (27), an experienced climber from Cambridge, Massachusetts, took a 20-foot fall that left him hanging unconscious on his rope for about two minutes. He walked out of the hospital later in the day “courtesy of his helmet.”

(Editor’s Note: No other rock climbing incidents were reported by the Mountain Rescue Service, located in North Conway. Rick Wilcox, the President of MRS, indicated in a phone conversation that there were probably more incidents, but unless rescue is required, climbers tend to leave without telling about their mishaps.)

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