Date of Incident
Person A was belaying person B. A is a very competent climber and belayer, and was using an standard ATC. B was at the top of the route (10m) and fell unexpectedly. I saw A not have control of the break rope and B started to fall to the ground pulling A into the wall, while the rope was continuing to flow through the belay plate. A managed to grab the break strand at the last minute and B ended up 1m from the floor. It was a very close and lucky call.
While at an indoor climbing venue always use an assisted breaking device (Grigri or similar) as there are so many distractions it could save someone’s life in this scenario. While belaying you can not lose concentration for ANY amount of time as the climber can fall at any point.
Belaying failure or error
Rescue Services Involved?
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