Accidents in North American Climbing
Accidents in North American Climbing (ANAC) is an
annual compendium of climbing accident reports in the United States and
Canada. Since 1948, the American and Canadian alpine clubs have
provided an annual summary of the year’s most significant and teachable
climbing accidents. The Alpine Club of Canada (ACC) started contributing
material in 1977.
Now, Accidents in North
American Climbing has a new name (previously Accidents in North American
Mountaineering), a new Facebook page, and a new podcast.
The Facebook page contains recent accident reports, near misses, and tips for staying safe while climbing.
The Sharp End podcast provides free, in-depth, monthly interviews with survivors and/or rescuers of serious mountain accidents.
Find out more, including how to buy a PDF or hard copy of Accidents in North American Climbing.
objective of the ANAC series is to learn from other climbers’ mistakes.
Each book contains detailed reports and analyses of what went wrong.
Over time a pattern in common mistakes, objective hazards, and route
specific hazards become apparent. Far from macabre, the information
contained within ANAC contains valuable safety lessons for all climbers,
whether a beginner or a seasoned veteran.
was an absence in Canadian content from the ANAC for a few years while
the ACC located a new content editor. The success of the ANAC is
dependent upon the contributions of climbers, like you, and various park
and rescue agencies.
For more information regarding the ANAC, please contact the ANAC Canadian Content Editor, Rob Chisnall, at [email protected]
Submit your accident report for inclusion in the next ANAC by January 30, each year by filling out this online form:
ANAC Editors, Dougald MacDonald: [email protected]
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