On the second pitch of the spider I went slightly off route. I didn't follow the diagonal cracking to the right but went straight up. I got pumped and needed to rest. I put a cam behind a small flake and a small nut in a crack. Both were poor, but I had to rest. They held initially and then popped out. I fell and two further nuts, one on each rope and at the same height, also popped. A totem cam then held me. I fell about 15 metres, catching a small ledge on the way down but with no injury.
Better gear placements. Try to be efficient in placing gear. If going to commit, do it early before getting pumped. Avoid placing poor gear for purely psychological backup as you may need to rely on it. Better reading of route.
Trad rock climbing
Nut or hex pulled out or broke, Cam pulled out or broke
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