Date of Incident

05/12/2019

Country

England

Area

Route

Incident

I was setting off on the climb and got only a foot or two off the ground when realised I couldn’t carry on. The climb was too technically demanding for me and couldn’t down climb. I fell off the rock awkwardly, cutting my finger badly as a tried to grab on to it (I tried to grab as was scared I would deck out as so close to the ground!). I almost needed stitches and got a pretty bad flapper too.

Lessons

I think I should have jumped away from the rock and accepted the fall rather than cling on (still not 100% as I was close to the ground). Take a first aid kit with you as I was bleeding everywhere and if it had been a multi pitch I would have struggled to keep climbing. The rock at Roche is very sharp.

Activity

Trad rock climbing

When

Ascending

Injury

Minor injury

Causes

Slip, trip or fall, Route Selection

Anonymous?

No

Reported By

Partner

Wearing Helmets?

Yes

Rescue Services Involved?

None