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Date of Incident

28/05/2022

Country

England

Incident

Two blots up the route diverges into three, It was while assessing which line to take a large chunk of rock I was holding onto came out. Nearby climbers reckoned approximately the size of an under counter fridge. This caught my knee as it fell - ultimately requiring 5 stitches. Belayer was paying full attention and reacted quickly to press against the wall to avoid. People were walking on the path below as well but similarly alert to me climbing above. This could clearly have been an incredibly serious incident that we were luck to walk (limp) away from.

Route picked as a warm up and based on guidebook description - 1 Star without falling rock symbol - see lessons learnt.

Lessons

Check up to date community feedback on UKC regarding route condition as guidebooks aren't always up to date. Although a helmet wouldn't have offered much protection against such a large piece (for either of us) In future we will be taking them to places such as this.

Activity

Sport rock climbing

When

Ascending

Injury

Serious injury requiring medical treatment

Causes

Falling rock, snow, ice or object, Hold breaking

Anonymous?

Yes

Reported By

Participant

Wearing Helmets?

No

Rescue Services Involved?

Author

10 June 2022, 06:41:00

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All reports are self-submitted and have not been edited by the BMC in any way, so please keep an open mind regarding the lessons and causes of each incident or near-miss.