Date of Incident
Took climbing friends who were visiting from abroad to a crag on Portland, Dorset. As it was a new area for them, they set up an abseil line, (threaded through the staples) on a neighbouring climb to take some photos. Once they had finished, I then got on the fixed line from above to take some shots of them. When abseiling down, I got to the bottom and the rope whipped through my belay device. There was no knot tied into the end and if any higher up I would have dropped off the end of the rope.
-Always check that there is a knot tied into the end of the rope.
-Don't trust that your climbing partner has already done this.
-Make a physical or verbal check that both ends of the rope are on the ground as for some reason the rope had been pulled slightly through between abseils.
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