Date of Incident

11/10/2020

Country

England

Incident

A guy starting the second pitch of this climb, checked a large block and then pulled on it and the whole thing came away from the face, falling down the wall, with pieces breaking off. The guy landed on the ledge at the end of the first pitch, he's was injured, mostly cuts and bruises, although he hit his head and did a lot of damage to his helmet. It was a huge block that came off, it was lucky that his belayer or someone on the ground wasn't seriously injured or killed. It came after a week of fairly solid rain, there were several over smaller rock falls on the same section of wall while we were there. It should probably be checked for safety.

Lessons

It seemed as though the guy did everything right, he checked the block and due to its size it appeared to be safe. That route and the ones surrounding it should probably be checked for safety.

Activity

Sport rock climbing

When

Ascending

Injury

Minor injury

Causes

Falling rock, snow, ice or object, Hold breaking

Anonymous?

No

Reported By

Observer

Wearing Helmets?

Yes

Rescue Services Involved?

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