Date of Incident
Climbing Pinnacle Ridge in trainers. An easy route for the pair. Climbed on double ropes as normal. As the ground was easy didn't place much gear: a nut in a corner crack and a sling higher on the arete. The sling was only placed as it was getting in the way of climbing with it round my shoulders. A few metres on, I was pulling on a large flake and it gave way. I took a good fall, throwing the rock away from the belayer. I came to a rest, very near the ground, and saw that the rope attached to the sling had been severely damaged and only had a few core strands. The other rope had not been weighted, as the gear was not high enough.
Place gear, even when on what feels like very easy ground. Climbing in trainers probably causes more weight on handholds. Be aware that swinging falls can cause rope damage. Less popular routes early in season are likely to have loose holds. Lose some weight.
Trad rock climbing
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