Date of Incident

18/04/2018

Country

England

Route

Incident

At the top of the crag, preparing for the abseil down, the involved person was partially resting on their rope clove hitched to the anchor. They were asked by the person setting up the abseil to untie their other rope so it could be threaded through the anchor for the abseil. Instead of untying the unweighted rope, they started to untie the knot attaching their harness to the anchor. They got the majority of the way through untying this knot before it was spotted by someone, and they were able to tie back in. If they had undone another rope strand, it is likely they would've fallen 20m to the floor.

Lessons

Check how you are attached to the anchors before undoing knots.

Activity

Trad rock climbing

When

Descending

Injury

No injury

Causes

Abseil or rappel failure or error, Lack of attention

Anonymous?

Yes

Reported By

Partner

Wearing Helmets?

Yes

Rescue Services Involved?

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