Date of Incident

21/08/2016

Country

England

Route

Incident

There were a pair on climbers on the next pitch to ourselves, the female was leading and had reached a height of about 6 metres. We observed at the time that she had placed her cam badly, basically at right angles to the rock face.
She fell, the cam popped out and she hit the ground. We suspected she may have suffered a pelvic fracture so we called mountain rescue and the subsequently airlifted her to hospital. Turns out there were no fractures.

Lessons

If you are trad lead climbing, make sure you know how to place your gear.

Activity

Trad rock climbing

When

Ascending

Injury

Suspected serious injury

Causes

Incorrect gear placement

Anonymous?

No

Reported By

Rescuer

Wearing Helmets?

Yes

Rescue Services Involved?

Edale Mountain Rescue, Air Ambulance