Date of Incident

31/07/2020

Country

England

Incident

I was seconding 'Open the Box - VS 4b' at Staden on 31/07/2020 and had a very narrow escape when I dislodged a 'head-sized' block, just as I was after stepping away to safety from the top-out. The rock had shown no signs of being loose and had been 'apparently' well embedded in the lip of the top out - but wasn't used as part of the climbing by either the lead or I. The rock landed at the the start of the climb, fortunately about a foot from where a couple of our party (including my 12yr old) were getting kitted up. Luckily, they'd responded to my frantic shouts of 'bellow'. A very fortunate near miss!

Lessons

The danger doesn't stop when you think you're safe.

Activity

Trad rock climbing

When

Ascending

Injury

No injury

Causes

Falling rock, snow, ice or object

Anonymous?

No

Reported By

Participant

Wearing Helmets?

Some

Rescue Services Involved?

None

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