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.
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??
Sport rock climbing
Slip, trip or fall, Belaying failure or error
Rescue Services Involved?
Got helicopter down as unable to walk
22 January 2020, 15:34:56
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