Date of Incident

22/07/2020

Country

England

Incident

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.

Lessons

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.

Activity

Sport rock climbing

When

Descending

Injury

Minor injury

Causes

Belaying failure or error

Anonymous?

Yes

Reported By

Participant

Wearing Helmets?

Yes

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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