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Date of Incident

15/06/2021

Country

Wales

Route

Un-named sport route

Incident

The route was lead by one participant who left quick draws in place on the 2 lower off anchors (12mm bolts with hangers and O rings) another participant climbed the route on bottom rope taking repeated rests on the rope. A third participant then lead the route and when reaching the lower off found that one of the nuts on the 12mm bolts was loose and only on the bolt by a small amount of thread (less than one mm). But was hand tightened and the participant changed over the lower off and descended. We will return soon and tighten the bolt with a spanner.

Lessons

Make a better inspection of lower off’s including the nuts when using them. Other than that because both were used if the one had failed the other should have held the bottom rope climber.

Activity

Sport rock climbing

When

Ascending

Injury

No injury

Causes

Equipment failure

Anonymous?

Yes

Reported By

Participant

Wearing Helmets?

Yes

Rescue Services Involved?

Incident: 15/06/21 gilwern central sport climb

Author

29 June 2021, 12:03:15

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