Date of Incident

01/09/2018

Country

England

Route

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.

Lessons

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.

Activity

Trad rock climbing

When

Descending

Injury

None

Causes

Abseil or rappel failure or error, Belaying failure or error, Mis-communication

Anonymous?

Yes

Reported By

Participant

Wearing Helmets?

Yes

Rescue Services Involved?

Thankfully none

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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.