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Date of Incident

10/09/2022

Country

England

Incident

A climber was preparing to belay his partner on a top rope. Rather than put his harness back on he decided to set up an indirect belay anchored to the old ring bolt at the bottom of the route that people tie their dogs to. Advised them that this bolt is probably some ancient hand-drilled relic and not suitable for anchoring to. Belayer put his harness back on.

Lessons

Don't take it for granted that all fixed kit found at a crag is suitable for use.

Activity

Sport rock climbing

When

Ascending

Injury

No injury

Causes

Equipment failure

Anonymous?

Yes

Reported By

Observer

Wearing Helmets?

No

Rescue Services Involved?

Author

5 October 2022 at 20:49:27

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