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Date of Incident

09/05/2021

Country

England

Route

Incident

An experienced young man with a group of novice girls. when he initially lead climbed, the unsupervised novice belayer was just paying out slack, too much to catch a fall. when lowering off it was clear they needed to take in many arms lengths before descending. The group of 4 continued to top rope directly from the lower off.

Lessons

Provide better instruction and supervision to the novice before their first lead belay experience.

Activity

Sport rock climbing

When

Ascending

Injury

No injury

Causes

Belaying failure or error

Anonymous?

Yes

Reported By

Observer

Wearing Helmets?

No

Rescue Services Involved?

Author

10 May 2021, 10:01:26

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