For Full Rescue Reports, please refer to the American Alpine Club's publication, Accidents in North American Mountaineering You can contact the AAC here


SELECTED RESCUES - YOSAR responded to 214 calls in 2003


From Accidents in North American Mountaineering (ANAM)
9-29-03 - Lead fall due to loose rock - Lost Brother
This is a detailed and engrossing first-hand account of a veteran climber's lead fall due to loose rock on a seldom-visited route in Yosemite Valley. This is must-read analysis about following your instincts, placing gear, negotiating a lengthly rescue, and loose rock.


From Accidents in North American Mountaineering (ANAM)
6-2-03 - Climber injured due to rock fall - Middle Cathedral
This ANAM accident report illustrates the importance of effective communication between leader and follower, the dangers of loose rock to seconds, and that climbing helmets save lives.


From Accidents in North American Mountaineering (ANAM)
5-26-03 - Big wall lead fall and rescue - Sunkist, El Capitan
A first-hand big wall climber's account of his 80-foot lead fall on the 15th pitch of El Cap's Sunkist, VI 5.9 A4 that injured both him and his belayer sufficiently to require immediate rescue. This report gives useful details about airy gear placements as well as subtle details of belay and Screamer setup that can prevent injuring your belayer.

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