Backcountry Accidents

Backcountry Accidents

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September 6th, 2002, 1:40 pm #1

I'm going to start my accident reports together under one thread. I may quit posting them as they're getting to be too many.
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September 6th, 2002, 1:41 pm #2

I earlier posted Labor day reports:
http://www.network54.com/Hide/Forum/mes ... 1031234994
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September 6th, 2002, 1:42 pm #3

with his family, Morey said.
Rector, 46, was a seasoned hiker and knew the peak well, Morey said. He and friend Andrew McClain were traversing the ridge up to the 11,132-foot peak without ropes or other specialized equipment when Rector lost his footing and fell at about 6:45 a.m., said Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Peggy Faulkner.
From 1986 to 1991, Daniel Rector was publisher of Sunstone magazine, an independent and often controversial periodical aimed at LDS intellectuals.


http://www.sltrib.com/09052002/utah/768416.htm

Sunstone Magazine:
http://www.sunstoneonline.com/

The article is there:
http://www.sunstoneonline.com/whatsnew/DanielRector.asp

Monte Cristo Peak on web:
http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=n ... risto+peak


I'm not sure if this is the right topo as the elevation is 9,148 feet
http://topozone.com/map.asp?z=12&n=4585 ... 56821&s=25
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September 6th, 2002, 1:47 pm #4

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A Russian parachute jumper is stuck on a mountain face after an unsuccessful base jump from Vikesaksa in Moere and Romsdal on Tuesday evening, Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reports.
The rescue center for southern Norway was notified at about 11:30pm that there had been an accident, about two and a half hours after the jump. A helicopter spotted a parachute not far from the 1,800-meter peak on Wednesday morning, but no sign of the base jumper has been found.
Rescue official said that climbers were investigating conditions in the area.
Seven base jumpers climbed up Vikesaksa on Tuesday. The trip took longer than expected, and twilight had set in before they hopped off the edge. Just a week ago a base jumper died in the Moere and Romsdal region.
Base - originally an acronym for Building, Antennae, Span, Earth - jumping is a particularly hazardous form of parachute jumping, often from sheer rock faces
http://www.aftenposten.no/english/local ... eID=393293

Romsdal on Web
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=& ... &q=Romsdal+
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September 6th, 2002, 2:03 pm #5

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02-440 - Grand Canyon NP (AZ) - Falling Fatality On the afternoon of August 12th, park dispatch received a satellite phone call from a commercial river trip on the Colorado reporting that a member of the group had been seriously injured in a fall in the area of Beaver Falls and Havasupai Creek. The 43-year-old woman had fallen about 25 feet after losing her footing and handhold while attempting to cross a ledge, sustaining head and back injuries. Trip guides provided initial medical treatment. Rangers and paramedics flew in by helicopter. Resuscitation efforts were discontinued with the concurrence of medical control. Ranger Marty McCaslin was IC for the incident. [Grand Canyon Regional Communications Center, GRCA]
http://www.nps.gov/morningreport/msg01227.html
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September 9th, 2002, 9:01 pm #6

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BANFF, Alberta (AP) - A diabetic Texas woman who had never hiked before spent almost two weeks alone in a tent in the mountainous backcountry, too weak to walk and drifting in and out of consciousness, before park wardens rescued her Saturday.
The 31-year-old woman, whose name and home town was not immediately released, was found semi-conscious in her tent in a backcountry campground in Banff National Park, Brad White, a park public safety warden, said Sunday.
White said she was "extremely" lucky to have been found, since there was no record of her being in the area since Aug. 19. Sometimes people leave vehicles at the trailhead and wardens are able to trace people that way, but she didn't have a vehicle.
White credited park warden Marc Ledwidge for not giving up.
Ledwidge sifted through backcountry permit records and found she'd been registered at the Johnston Creek campground on Aug. 27. He also contacted a Chicago man who had signed up for a permit for the same day at the same campground. The man said the woman told him she was planning to hike out on Aug. 28.

http://www.reporternews.com/2002/texas/ ... oma99.html
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September 9th, 2002, 9:03 pm #7

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I posted the NPS report elsewhere but I draw your attention to the item on fatality when land temps in Death Valley were 150.
http://www.network54.com/Hide/Forum/mes ... 1031579714
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September 10th, 2002, 2:42 pm #8

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A British holidaymaker died when he tried to slide down a disused cable car cable in the Italian Alps.
David Mason, 49, suffered fatal injuries after he attached a mountain climbing snap hook onto the cable and then tried to slide down using his hands.
But he lost control and smashed into several rocky outcrops at high speed before ploughing into a metal support pylon 200 metres down the cable.
His 18-year-old son Douglas was with him when the accident happened on Sunday in mountains near Belluno in the Veneto region of northern Italy.
http://ichuddersfield.icnetwork.co.uk/0 ... ethod=full
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September 10th, 2002, 2:45 pm #9

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A 17-year-old juvenile was pronounced dead at the scene following an accident at Devil's Lake State Park Sunday morning.
William S. Straus of Lake Forest, Ill. was climbing when he fell shortly before 7 a.m. He suffered a lot of blunt force trauma and fractures, Sauk County Coroner Betty Hinze said.
"He fell 60 feet, hit a boulder and fell another 20 feet," she said.
The accident happened at the east end of the east bluff known as the sandstone area. Park staff is investigating the accident.
http://baraboo.scwn.com/display/inn_news/news1.txt

Park Page:
http://www.devilslakewisconsin.com/

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September 10th, 2002, 2:46 pm #10

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A 20-year-old Morganton man died Saturday after he fell 75 feet from a cliff he was climbing near Table Rock, authorities said. Colin Guy Treiber was an experienced climber, and he and a friend entered the Pisgah National Forest on Saturday morning, said Detective Robert Beall of the Burke County Sheriff's Office. The cliff is a little more than a mile south of Table Rock. Treiber was trying to plant an anchor on an outcropping when he lost his balance, Beall said.Treiber had planted four other anchors on his way up, but the force of the fall pulled the next-highest one out of the rock face, and the other three were planted too low for Treiber's rope to catch him before he hit the ground, Beall said. His companion rushed back up the trail and met two hikers, one of whom called 911 on a cell phone from the parking lot two miles away. But by the time emergency personnel arrived, Treiber was dead.
http://www.charlotte.com/mld/observer/n ... 040471.htm

Table Rock on web:
http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=n ... h+carolina
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