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Date of Incident

24/07/2022

Country

England

Incident

Realtively new Lead Trad Climber, first time climbing on Gritstone, struggled at the crux traverse / long reach. Had a couple of goes, sat on the gear (which held), then went for it - during which a cam worked itself free (must have walked out). Climber realised and started to downclimb as was not happy to continue, then fell off on nut believed to be good as previously weighted but which ripped - next gear was too low to prevent a ground fall from about 7 meters. Landed badly, Mountain Rescue called and stretchered to hospital where surgery was required for broken bones.

Lessons

Build experience on easier climbs before pushing it to get better at placing bomber gear. If in any doubt, and if possible, place multiple peices at cruxes. Downclimb if possible rather than falling.

Activity

Trad rock climbing

When

Ascending

Injury

Serious injury requiring medical treatment

Causes

Slip, trip or fall

Anonymous?

Yes

Reported By

Observer

Wearing Helmets?

Yes

Rescue Services Involved?

Mountain Rescue - first responders, administered drugs, undertook vital signs checks, carried injured party off the crag. Beyond The Edge - were providing ML training in the area, helped carry gear back to the carpark. Air Ambulance - tried to approach but poor weather prevented real engagement.

Taken from the top of the crag where I was posted to stop anything affecting the situation from above.  Mountain Rescue team administering treatment and preparing to stretcher injured party off the crag.

Author

26 July 2022 at 06:30:46

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