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Date of Incident

02/06/2021

Country

Scotland

Route

Down to the crag

Incident

As the trainee instuctor i was at the bottom of the crag belaying a child on a bottom rope system up the VDiff on the far right of the crag. (The 1st climb you see when you walk down to the bottom of the crag). His brother was sitting on a big boulder beside us when it suddenly gave way, rolled and jumped a little in the air. Leaving white markings on the rock ( you can see these if you go there) ( in pictures)
Luckily the boulder rolled to the left and he jumped to the right.
He jumped out the way and did a little tumble down the rocks, luckly not injuring himself apart from a scratch.
We were lucky no one else was there or it could have led to a major incident.

Lessons

All the other very big boulders around are loose, with eroded soil underneath. They are all very movable.
Lesson number 1. Don't sit on the boulders at the bottom of Huntley's cave.
Lesson 2. A path needs to be made to the bottom of the crag as to avoid further erosion and further near misses.

Activity

Other

When

Injury

Minor injury

Causes

Anonymous?

Yes

Reported By

Participant

Wearing Helmets?

Rescue Services Involved?

Huntley's cave
Huntley's cave
Huntley's cave

Author

18 July 2021, 10:07:33

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