INTOXICATION – FALL ON ROCK, FREE SOLO CLIMBING
West Virginia, New River Gorge National River
In early July about 11:45 a.m., Charles G. Fredricks Jr. (39) fell while free solo climbing Angel’s Arete (5.10) in the Bridge Buttress area. National Park Service rangers were on the scene within minutes and stabilized Fredricks using a backboard and placing him into a litter before transporting him. He was badly injured and suffered multisystem trauma from the fall.
A witness to the fall reported that Fredricks had been drinking, and noted that he had consumed a fifth of vodka and at least three beers. (Source: Edited from a post on rockclimbing.com)
(Editor’s Note: We have to include this in the data, but the primary cause has nothing to do with climbing.)