Incident:Bruised Sacrum in Little Santa Anita Canyon 2019/06/08

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Incident:Bruised Sacrum in Little Santa Anita Canyon 2019/06/08
Date 2019/06/08
Location Little Santa Anita Canyon
Severity Injury
Canyoneering-related Yes
SAR involvement No
Navigation problem No
Environmental problem No
Communication problem No
Planning problem No
Skills problem No
Body movement problem Yes
Rigging problem No
Rappel problem No
Insufficient gear No
Gear failure No


A group member attempted a slide in LSA without the knowledge that erosion had caused the end of the slide to become substantially more hazardous. In particular, about 4-5' of sediment loss resulted in a previously buried steep/vertical section, with large exposed rocks at the bottom. The canyoneer lost control of the slide above this section before they could see the increased hazard, and was unable to stop on the slippery rock. They suffered bruises on the sacral area but no other injuries; given the environment at the bottom of the (previously) slide, they could have easily suffered an ankle or knee injury as well. The canyoneer was able to finish the canyon without additional incident.