Date of Incident

19/01/2020

Country

England

Incident

I took a lead fall, my first cam placement blew and the spike I had a sling around and a cam behind snapped clean at the base. This resulted in a ground fall and a significant piece of rock detaching itself from the crag. The spike snapped off at its base, and luckily avoided hitting myself, my belayer and the crag dog.

Lessons

It had been a wet winter and although I waited for a couple of dry sunny days before climbing I suspect water had weakened the spike. The route and all nearby cracks were dry, if a little green. Placing a cam near the base and a sling over it must have exerted enough force to cause a break when shock loaded. Lesson to learn - be very wary of gritstone after an extended wet period. It takes longer than a couple of days to dry out.

Activity

Trad rock climbing

When

Ascending

Injury

Minor injury

Causes

Hold breaking

Anonymous?

Yes

Reported By

Participant

Wearing Helmets?

Yes

Rescue Services Involved?

None, walked off.

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