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.
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.
Trad rock climbing
Rescue Services Involved?
None, walked off.
29 June 2020 at 18:31:05
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