A climber pulled off a large block whilst climbing a conglomerate sport route, several people were stood below the route and it missed one of them by around 1 meter. The block would undoubtedly have caused serious injury or death.
The conglomerate rock at Moy is unstable and will be pulled off even on established routes, this is particularly noticeable in the top sections of the crag where the conglomerate clasts are larger and looser. Helmets are mandatory at all times at the crag. When possible, it is better to belay out of the firing line of loose rock. Be conscious when moving around the crag of climbers above and stay out of the way of loose blocks. Similarly when climbing, be conscious of rock quality and people below, give as much warning as possible with a clear shout if you might pull a rock off. Repeat: Helmets are mandatory at all times at the crag.
Sport rock climbing
Falling rock, snow, ice or object
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29 June 2023 at 09:46:47
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