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The primary purpose of these experience reports and the Annual Report of Accidents in North American Mountaineering is to aid in the prevention of accidents.
On October 17, 2001, Brent Bishop and his friend Jason were scrambling the fourth class route to the top of the mesa at Smith Rock State Park when Brent pulled loose a hand hold near the top of the climb. He fell about 40 feet, breaking his leg and cutting his scalp. 911 was quickly
called by a nearby cell phone. Redmond Fire and Rescue assisted by Deschutes County Search and Rescue approached from the Crooked River below the Gully and performed a high angle rope and stretcher rescue descent to a wheeled stretcher and a waiting ambulance.
Analysis of accident: what knowledge and techniques will help prevent future accidents?
Brent, who has been boldering for a while, says he wants to learn to climb with ropes. He says he has more respect for fourth class climbing following his accident.
This is one of several scrambling accidents at Smith Rock. The volcanic scree and friable rock in various locations in the State Park contribute to many calls for assistance from Park Rangers and Rescue units.
Report filed by Robert Speik and printed in the 55th edition of ANAM, year 2002
Copyright© 2003 by Robert Speik. All Rights Reserved.
American Alpine Club
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Accidents in North American Mountaineering