Date of Incident

07/10/2020

Country

England

Area

Route

Incident

Young, fairly inexperienced, climber descending on autobelay. Extended legs during decent and one leg went between the hanging ropes from the neighbouring route. These ropes were loosely tied as a slipknot to keep them off the ground. Once the descender's leg reached that knot, their knee got stuck and they pivoted upside down from their knee to reached the floor head first. (Still attached to the autobelay so no hard impact.)

Lessons

Having as many ropes up is obviously good, in case access is required to climbers in difficulty, but the role has now been changed so that slipknots must be removed from ropes adjacent to the autobelay routes in the future. No injury, just very slight ropeburn behind their knee.

Activity

Indoor climbing

When

Injury

No injury

Causes

Carelessness

Anonymous?

Yes

Reported By

Observer

Wearing Helmets?

Rescue Services Involved?

None

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