American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Washington, Cascades, Mt. Index

  • In Memoriam
  • Accident Year:
  • Publication Year: 1973

Washington Cascades, Mt. Index. On 21 August Craig Keyes (27) was climbing a difficult route on Mt. Index alone. He lost his grip on a 40-foot, near-vertical wall, fell about 20 feet and tumbled another 20 feet and landed on a ledge. Other climbers accidentally discovered him three days later. His injuries prevented his moving and he was very dehydrated when located.

Source: Hal Foss.

Analysis: He should not have been climbing alone and no one knew of his location or plans.

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