American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Fall on Snow, Faulty Use of Crampons, Washington, Mount Rainier, McClure Rock

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FALL ON SNOW, FAULTY USE OF CRAMPONS

Washington, Mount Rainier, McClure Rock

On July 4, Mr. Wilkinson (47) was descending the mountain following an Alpine Ascents International (AAI) summit trip. About 2015, Wilkinson tripped over his crampon and fell, with his left knee landing on a picket, resulting in a puncture wound. Guides bandaged the wound and helped him walk down the following morning from approximately McClure Rock at 7,385 feet to Pebble Creek at 7,200 feet. (Source: From a report by Ken Worstell, Park Ranger)

Analysis

It appears that Mr. Wilkinson was climbing alone. The snow conditions were described by Ranger Stefan Wick as “soft,” so descending with crampons was not a good idea. (Source: Jed Williamson)

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