Date of Incident

24/03/2019

Country

England

Area

Route

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.

Lessons

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.

Activity

Scrambling

When

Descending

Injury

Minor injury

Causes

Falling rock, snow, ice or object, Hold breaking

Anonymous?

No

Reported By

Participant

Wearing Helmets?

Yes

Rescue Services Involved?

None