Date of Incident

13/03/2020

Country

England

Incident

Knew that this route would be ‘bold’ but in leading up, found no gear that would be useful - trailing two ropes for seconds in parallel. Climbing well within my grade. At the crux (about 5 m up) I went to swap feet, but I stood on the rope. As soon as I weighted this, my four popped and I fell down the slap/arête onto rocks at bottom of the gully. My partner was quick enough to spot me with one hand behind my back (which took most of the fall).

Bruised back and a bit if whiplash were only injuries. Definitely a near miss.

Had a cup of tea and then completed route.

Lessons

Careful foot placements - but better briefing for spotters. Not sure what else could have learned.

Activity

Trad rock climbing

When

Ascending

Injury

Minor injury

Causes

Slip, trip or fall

Anonymous?

Yes

Reported By

Participant

Wearing Helmets?

Yes

Rescue Services Involved?

None.

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