Date of Incident
Climber was working the crux of an indoor route about 15-20m above the ground. Attempted, fell and rested on rope several times. When resting the tight rope to belayer was in contact with a hold on another route. When the climber lowered off rope was found to be severely damaged - sheath and at least 1/3 of the core were gone. Lead falls were being taken onto damaged rope at height. (Note: no memory of exact date but forced to enter something).
Rope was only about a month old and in good condition. Problem was either a sharp edge or high friction surface on a hold rubbing against rope when it was tight. Routesetter moved the hold suspected of being involved after incident. Lessons learned: look out for tight rope against possibly high friction surface when resting on indoor route. The climber was much closer to the problem and would have had a better chance of spotting damage to rope than the belayer.
Rescue Services Involved?
12 May 2019 at 17:30:08
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