Date of Incident

03/11/2018

Country

England

Area

Route

Incident

Lead climbing with spouse at indoor wall. Belayer chose to use a GriGri rather than regularly used tube style belay device for safety reasons, assisted breaking device generally accepted as safer device when used correctly. Belayer was new to using GriGri but competent with regular tube style device.

While lowering, belayer mistakenly tried to control rate of decent by controlling feeding rope with hand rather than using cam arm. Belayer let go of rope due to heat of friction with cam wide open, dropping climber approx 15ft. Belayer let go of cam arm to stop decent and leader had a fast landing but no adverse effects.

Lessons

When using unfamiliar/new equipment practice adequately with supervision before leaving the ground. If possible have competent supervision/3rd to tail the rope or back up while gaining experience.

Positive was belayer remembered to let go of cam arm just in time which was discussed during recap on how to use the device before leaving the ground.

Activity

Indoor climbing

When

Injury

No injury

Causes

Belaying failure or error

Anonymous?

Yes

Reported By

Participant

Wearing Helmets?

Rescue Services Involved?

None