Long sliding fall

By Ryan Mcguire | Redline Guiding / Avsar

Date of Observation: March 15, 2020  1:00 PM
Location of Observation: Eastern snow fields

Beautiful bluebird day the wind had let down as the went on. I was guiding and we had just got back down to alpine garden after summit of Mt Washington when heard a scream from the party above us and 2 took a long sliding fall from just below split rock to the top of the ravine. I was in the best position to respond quickly after losing sight of them but found one up against a rock stopped visiblly shaken but ok and the other just above. After doing and initial assessment on both and neither having any head or back injuries. They were both ok and able to walk out on there own with the rest of there party but having lost there ice axes in the fall where going to need help so I was able to setup a rope to help them descend the steeps on the lion head winter route.


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