Gear (two cams) was placed in poor quality rock and ripped out during the fall. One cam was not placed well. The lead climber had not climbed at this crag before and had not climbed on gritstone in about a year.
The main lessons are two: how to identify poor quality gritstone and improved knowledge of bomber cam placements.
Trad rock climbing
Serious injury requiring medical treatment, Minor injury
Slip, trip or fall
Rescue Services Involved?
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