Date of Incident
Two experienced climbers stopping by for some quick cragging on their way further West. Belayer was unaware of bolted anchors at top of (not bolted) climb and with the road noise mistook take for safe as that was their usual system. Luckily climber checked before weighting rope. Scary near miss from complacency.
Communicate plan before leaving the ground, even with your regular partners.
Always check before weighting a rope.
Don’t be complacent.
Consider using ‘off belay’ instead of ‘safe’ like the Americans do.
Trad rock climbing
Abseil or rappel failure or error, Belaying failure or error, Mis-communication
Rescue Services Involved?
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