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Second Rappelling Death In A Month

As the 2015 rock climbing season begins, we’re reminded of how tragic our sport can be.

Nearly a month to the day of the death of Todd Jenkins, another climber has died after a rappelling accident. Jenkins died after he fell while rappelling at the Black Velvet Wall in Nevada.

On Saturday, Millie Elia,  a 14-year-old honors student, was climbing at Mount Cheaha, the highest point in Alabama. Tammy Power, park superintendent, said the accident happened at 4:40 p.m. while the family was rappelling at Pulpit Rock Trail. The exact details of the accident aren’t known at this time.

It’s a sad reminder of how dangerous climbing can be when mistakes are made. Be careful out there.

Pulpit Rock
Pulpit Rock in Alabama.  Photo Wikipedia

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