Date of Incident

31/07/2019

Country

Ireland

Incident

Relatively inexperienced climber tried to lead-climb a route at the top of their ability, placed a single piece of protection then became overcome by fear at approx 10ft, before they were able to put in a 2nd piece of protection, leading to ground fall, the climber seemed uninjured and insisted on trying the route a second time against the advice of their climbing partners, exactly the same situation occurred where the climber started visibly shaking at around 10ft, fell again this time resulting in a fractured ankle

Lessons

Know your ability and climb within it, listen to your climbing partners, dont allow someone to climb if you have a serious doubt about them being in the correct frame of mind

Activity

Trad rock climbing

When

Ascending

Injury

Serious injury requiring medical treatment

Causes

Slip, trip or fall

Anonymous?

Yes

Reported By

Participant

Wearing Helmets?

Yes

Rescue Services Involved?

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