Date of Incident

06/01/2019

Country

England

Route

Incident

My partner was leading a route within his skill level on the Androids wall at Horseshoe Quarry, whilst I was belaying. We had been climbing outdoors for under a year by this point, but we had been to the crag 3 times before this incident. Near the end of the climb, my partner moved to place his weight on a foothold. If I recall correctly, this was his second attempt at the route that day. The hold came off entirely, along with a large piece of rock. Since the route had a small ledge, it bounced off the ledge and landed around a metre away from me. Luckily my partner and I were unscathed.

Lessons

From what another climber at the crag told me on the day, our selection of route could have been better, taking into consideration rock quality.

Activity

Sport rock climbing

When

Ascending

Injury

No injury

Causes

Falling rock, snow, ice or object, Hold breaking

Anonymous?

Yes

Reported By

Participant

Wearing Helmets?

Yes

Rescue Services Involved?

The attached pictures indicate the size of the rock that fell off.
For reference the quickdraw is a 12cm DMM Spectre 2.
The attached pictures indicate the size of the rock that fell off.
For reference the quickdraw is a 12cm DMM Spectre 2.

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