Re "Man dies after 200-foot fall in canyon near Moab" (Tribune, May 6):
The first ascent of the Matterhorn in 1965 resulted in tragedy. On descent, four of the seven climbers fell to their death.
The crude safety standards of the day were a subject of a great debate that led to higher safety standards for mountaineering. For example, modern mountaineers avoid weighting the rope except where necessary, like rappelling, and then only extremely carefully.