American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Rappel Error — Carabiner Gate Not Closed, No Hard Hat, Colorado, Boulder Canyon, Boulderado Crag

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RAPPEL ERROR - CARABINER GATE NOT CLOSED, NO HARD HAT

Colorado, Boulder Canyon, Boulderado Crag

On August 17, Andrew Tysinger (23) was on top of the Boulderado Crag with his girlfriend showing her how to rappel when he fell from the top of the crag. He was not wearing a helmet.

Andrew’s girlfriend told rescuers that the carabiner gate on Andrew’s harness was not properly closed when he first pushed off to begin his descent. It was estimated that Andrew fell 100 feet, coming into contact with several rocks and ledges before landing in the westbound lane of CO-119 near the 32-mile marker. (Source: Boulder County Sheriff’s Department and www. dailycamera.com)

Analysis

Here is another case of not using equipment properly. Also at work here were inexperience and a bit of showing off. (Source: Editors)

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