Accident Report Form
Our mission is to aid in the prevention of climbing and mountaineering accidents. Accident reports, analysis, and suggestions for future climbers are welcomed. The person filling out this form should be directly familiar with the circumstances of the accident—either the person(s) involved or a rescuer involved in the incident. The persons involved may choose to remain anonymous, but please provide contact information so we can follow up with questions about the incident. At that time we will confirm which names (if any) will be used with the report.

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Report Completed By *
Your Email Address *
Date and Time of Accident *
Geographic Location *
(Must be in North America. Please include: State/Province, Area/Mountain, Route Name or Aspect [north, south, etc.])
Persons Involved (and Ages) *
(Use full name or a number [ex., “Person 1”]. Provide ages and experience levels of persons directly involved.)
Experience Level *
(How long have you been climbing for?)
Total Number of Persons Involved *
Terrain *
When *
Primary Cause *
(You may check more than one primary cause)
Contributory Causes
(You may check more than one cause)
Type of Injury
(You may check more than one)
Narrative Description of Accident *
(Use as much space as needed to tell the complete story of the accident. Please be specific and include events that led to accident, group's familiarity with area, skill level, objectives, route, hazard evaluation, weather, etc.)
Analysis of Accident *
(Provide your own analysis of what went wrong. What knowledge and techniques might help prevent similar accidents in the future?)
Third Party Analysis of Accident
(Provide additional analysis from others involved, including rescuers, guides, park officials, other agencies, or supporting information.)
Keep participants anonymous? *
Photos, Diagrams, and Graphics
Do you have photos, graphics, or diagrams that illustrate the setting or contributing factors of an accident? Please send them to us! Help others understand the scene and what happened. Simply email
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Accidents does not pay contributors. We have always depended on the generosity of contributors to create this essential resource for climbers.

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