Date of Incident

05/05/2019

Country

England

Incident

This was my friend's first outdoor sport lead. He clipped the first bolt fine, then went on the clip the second bolt but I noticed that he was away to z-clip. So I started telling him not to clip that way, he dropped the rope and then fell. The first bolt took some of the force but somehow the quickdraw unclipped from the bolt and he fell to the ground. Luckily he wasn't too high up yet and the first bolt took some of the force so he was fine. I know rope can unclip from quickdraws if you backclip, but I've never seen a quickdraw able to unclip from the bolt in the wall! Must have been from the attempted z-clip pulling the quickdraw up or something.

Lessons

Make sure people are competent when climbing outdoors. Everyone has to start somewhere though so potentially we could have set up some more safety for him when he was learning until confident (either simultaneously have him on top rope or have bouldering pads down).

Activity

Sport rock climbing

When

Ascending

Injury

No injury

Causes

Clipping mistake

Anonymous?

Yes

Reported By

Participant

Wearing Helmets?

Yes

Rescue Services Involved?