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Date of Incident

18/09/2021

Country

Scotland

Route

Incident

Tying two ropes together to ab off route. In attempt to make it 'safe' left excessively long (1m) tails on the knots. When getting ready to ab down clipped into rope tails, not main length of rope - was long enough to look right. Fortunately noticed before headed down and swapped over to correct rope strands, in a more stressful situation could have missed it.

Lessons

Tails good on knots, to a degree. 30cm is plenty to be safe without risking causing confusion when setting up.

Activity

Trad rock climbing

When

Descending

Injury

No injury

Causes

Abseil or rappel failure or error

Anonymous?

No

Reported By

Participant

Wearing Helmets?

Yes

Rescue Services Involved?

Author

Chris Bailey

21 September 2021, 18:51:00

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