The Christmas tree is to tell divers where to look for the car.Every year the America Alpine Club publishes Accidents In North American  Mountaineering.  It is a good view of the ground truth about how things go wrong in the hills.  The accounts presented here have the same purpose.  They are a mix of accidents and near misses that have lessons for us.  Please keep in mind that all of this is written with the benefit of hindsight. The following accounts are anonymous unless they are extensively covered elsewhere or the people involved are OK with a less anonymous description. The following are links to a few accounts. 


The following are a several accident accounts.  The first five had follow up investigations.



If you have a story to tell that you think will help the rest of us stay out of trouble or if you were involved on one of the events described here and you don't think we have the details correct please get in touch.