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Members Turn Rappelling Tragedy Into Opportunity · July 8, 2013

New on Inclined: Exactly one year ago today, North Carolina climber Eric Metcalf, 19, fell to his death while rappelling. In the months since his untimely passing, American Alpine Club members from the Southern Appalachian Section have turned the tragic accident into a teaching opportunity, developing a series of two-hour clinics to instruct climbers in safe rappelling practices.

Visit Inclined to read how Southern Appalachian Section Chair David Thoenen recounts the genesis of the initiative, a process that involved leveraging Club resources and volunteers toward a positive and inspirational end.

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