Date of Incident
A near fall when descending to base of a route by scrambling. A large hold broke off and a piece of rock about the size of a 24inch TV hit me in the ribs, knee and shins. It knocked me off my feet and almost off the ledge I was standing on. I held on with the right hand only. The rock continued to fall and hit a small ledge about 10metres below, before tumbling into the turbulent sea. I luckily escaped bruised and with cracked ribs only.
Untested routes can be dangerous and even large holds can break off, even on easy scrambles if the stakes of a mistake are high, consider using a rope. If there is a choice of abseiling to the base of a route or scrambling down, abseiling may be safer.
Falling rock, snow, ice or object, Hold breaking
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