Date of Incident

20/11/2019

Country

England

Area

Route

Incident

We were leading climbing in the gym (group of 3), I was going up an easier warm up route as the first climb of the day. When I reached the top I clipped the anchors and let go (something I do regularly when climbing with another partner who was not present). At the moment I let go the belayer was distracted by the 3rd member of the party pointing out a route we could do next, resulting in the belayer looking away from me, the climber.

I fell the majority of the height of the wall before the belayer realised what was going on and grabbed the dead end just in time to prevent a ground fall.

We were very lucky there were no injuries.

Lessons

Better communication required from the climber to ensure that the belayer knows what they are doing once the route is finished.

The belayer should not be distracted by other things or people.

The third member of the party should not be distracting the belayer while they are belaying.

Activity

Indoor climbing

When

Injury

No injury

Causes

Belaying failure or error

Anonymous?

Yes

Reported By

Participant

Wearing Helmets?

Rescue Services Involved?

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