American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Fatal Rappel Error

Colorado, Shelf Road

  • Accident Reports
  • Author: The Editors
  • Accident Year: 2017
  • Publication Year: 2018

A 27-year-old man died after falling about 60 feet to the ground at the Bank sector of Shelf Road, near Cañon City. The climber had limited outdoor experience, and witnesses reported that he fell from the anchor atop a limestone sport climb after incorrectly threading or clipping his rappel device to descend.

– The Editors


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