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Date of Incident

21/05/2022

Country

England

Incident

A route has been ID as having a large boulder (0.5m Diameter) loose near the top and everyone was warning each other through the day about it on the route and it was marked with 3 white (X)’s

While I and one other was passing the belayer to leave a climber on route who had been informed has pulled on the boulder causing it to fall away from the top of the cliff. The climber has shouted down as it’s come away and myself and one other have not been able to reacted. It crushed my climbing partners bag directly in front of him and rolled off down the bank. Everyone has stopped and taken a step back and the climber has apologised.

Lessons

Don’t pull on rocks that are marked as a risk

Activity

Sport rock climbing

When

Ascending/ on the ground

Injury

No injury

Causes

Falling rock, snow, ice or object, Hold breaking, Climber forgetting info provided by others at Crag

Anonymous?

No

Reported By

Observer

Wearing Helmets?

No

Rescue Services Involved?

N/a

Author

Kaleb

21 May 2022, 18:14:32

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