Date of Incident

05/10/2019

Country

France

Incident

Lead fall. Long and sideways as above and to the left of last bolt. Hard catch due to belayer heavier than leader and belayer inexperience. However the fall would have been bad even with an experienced belayer. Lead climber suffered right ankle sprain and left knee mcl tear as a result on impact into crag.

Lessons

The route was runout so a long fall was inevitable. Soft catches are important and not that easy to give well. I do not think the BMC currently has any training info on soft catches/dynamic belaying??

Activity

Sport rock climbing

When

Ascending

Injury

Minor injury

Causes

Slip, trip or fall, Belaying failure or error

Anonymous?

Yes

Reported By

Participant

Wearing Helmets?

No

Rescue Services Involved?

Got helicopter down as unable to walk

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