Date of Incident

02/12/2019

Country

Spain

Incident

While crossing a postman’s walk the primary anchor on one of the cable ends failed. The whole block inc bolt came away leaving it hanging by the back up. The participant was able to continue with care.

Lessons

The redundancy built into the system worked well and probably prevented a fatality. Checking the condition of bolts and also the rock quality is important even on a popular and reasonably new route.

Activity

Mountaineering

When

Postman’s walking!

Injury

No injury

Causes

Rock anchor failure

Anonymous?

Yes

Reported By

Participant

Wearing Helmets?

Yes

Rescue Services Involved?

None

Via Ferrata El Chorro - 2 Dec 19

Via Ferrata El Chorro - 2 Dec 19

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