American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Boulder Crushes Bugaboos Climber

Canada, British Columbia, Purcell Mountains, Bugaboos Provincial Park

  • Accident Reports
  • Accident Year: 2016
  • Publication Year: 2017

On July 15, a loose boulder shifted as a 32-year-old apprentice guide approached the west ridge of Pigeon Spire, sending him into a 10-meter tumble. The boulder then rolled over the climber, breaking 14 ribs and two vertebrae and collapsing a lung; his helmet was crushed in the fall but he did not have a head injury. He was rescued by helicopter later the same day. We did not receive a firsthand report on this incident, but it is included in our data.

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