American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Stranded, Unfamiliar with Descent, Colorado, Eldorado Canyon State Park

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  • Publication Year: 2012

STRANDED, UNFAMILIAR WITH DESCENT

Colorado, Eldorado Canyon State Park

On October 15, rescuers were notified that two overdue climbers, Nicholas Kainrath (22) and Bryan Karban (23), were stranded on a rock climb in the Canyon. A search was started and the climbers were located. The two advised members of Rocky Mountain Rescue that they did not know how to get down from their current position. They were guided down by the rescuers. (Source: Boulder County Sheriffs Department)

Analysis

Climbers are encouraged to familiarize themselves with traditional selfrescue techniques, carry a route topo, and become familiar with descent routes to prevent situations like this from occurring. (Source: A. Attarian)

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