On Caseg fraith arête, I had placed the pad for my anticipated fall, avoiding the eye-catching block at the base. Once on the climb I found that I couldn’t reach my anticipated foothold and went for an intermediate instead. Unfortunately that position meant that when a foot popped unexpectedly I barndoored viciously and landed on the side of my foot, over the edge of the mat, twisting sharply. I had fought to try to land on my feet and ended up in an unnatural position.
I felt a sharp pop as I landed and immediately felt intense nauseating pain. I managed to hobble back to the car and it subsequently turned out to be just a bad sprain rather than a break.
Before committing to a changed sequence, consider your fall. Be willing to land off your feet rather than with your feet in an unnatural position. Tell your spotters if you change the expected angle of fall.
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