The belayer provided a 50m rope for a 28m climb, believing it to be 60m, and didn't use a stopper safety knot. As the climber, I trusted the belayer and didn't check the length or check for a stopper knot. Subsequently, I fell off the end of the rope on the descent and fell approx. 4-5 meters. I required mountain rescue and hospital treatment, but the injuries were soft tissue and whiplash, so very lucky escape.
Always know the length of rope, use a stopper knot (preferably a figure of 8) and don't make assumptions about experience or competency of others.
Sport rock climbing
Belaying failure or error
Rescue Services Involved?
Derby Mountain Rescue Team (Wirksworth/Ashbourne), Hazardous Area Response Team and an Air Ambulance crew. The rescue teams were required to evacuate me from the quarry for suspected c-spine (Back and neck) injuries.
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