Mountaineers Now Urge Climbers Whether It Is Safer to Wait for Help

The Mountaineers are planning to teach climbers to evaluate whether it is safer to wait for help.

In the past the Mountaineers have always stressed climbers should be able to rescue themselves.

This is in response to the worst accident in the Club’s history that killed three people.
On July 10, six mountaineers, including two students who were finishing a basic climbing course, were backing down from a failed attempt to climb 8,120-foot Sharkfin Tower above Boston Basin when their leader was struck by a falling hunk of granite. After the team tried to move her to safety, another, larger boulder struck the party. The rockfall killed trip leader Johanna Backus, who had spent 20 years with The Mountaineers; and climbers Mark Harrison of Bellevue, and John Augenstein of Seattle. Climber Wayne McCourt of Tacoma was seriously injured.

Seattle Times Article


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