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Date of Incident

04/09/2021

Country

England

Incident

An adult, non parent, had set up a bottom rope for a teen, the teen top roped it twice. then went to clean the anchor.
at the anchor the teen connected a quickdraw on to the lower off untied the rope and tied it to another draw on his harness.

I was on a near by route with a clear view, seeingthe confusion on the teenagers face I waited on a hold for a few moments.

his belayer had LOADS of slack out and no hands on the rope, just leaning against a tree with arms folded. shouting up something unclear.
The teen only connected by a a quickdraw to his harness started trying to unclip this only point...

this is when I shouted over what to do, in order to prevent things getting worse

the climber returned to the ground safety went and left shortly after.

Lessons

Get professional advice, stop assuming cleaning an anchor is easy to do, keep up to date with best practices, and dont trust your teenage kids with people who "can climb". theres a little more to it than that.!!!

Activity

Sport rock climbing

When

cleaning the anchor

Injury

No injury

Causes

Neglect

Anonymous?

No

Reported By

Observer

Wearing Helmets?

No

Rescue Services Involved?

Author

Luke Mansfield

6 September 2021, 07:04:50

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