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Date of Incident

18/10/2022

Country

England

Route

Incident

Near miss. The 2nd quickdraw had been clipped as normal. While moving further up the climb I pressed the side of my body on the same face that the quickdraw was on. At some point, through my harness/body pressing on the quickdraw the dogbone unclipped from the bolt-end carabiner. This was not noticed until I was higher up towards the 3rd quickdraw. I was already finding the climb difficult (I'd like to blame this on the damp rock!) and was close to falling. Luckily I was able to scramble my way through another move to reach and clip the next bolt; at the time I felt that I had more chance of doing this than safely downclimbing. I clipped the bolt and hung onto the quickdraw, then quickly clipped my rope through it. Had I slipped, it would likely have been a ground fall.

Lessons

Avoiding contact with body/harness and already placed quickdraws. Where it does happen, be attentive that everything is still in order before continuing away from it.

Activity

Sport rock climbing

When

Ascending

Injury

No injury

Causes

Chance - unlucky body positioning against a quickdraw in a bolt

Anonymous?

No

Reported By

Participant

Wearing Helmets?

Yes

Rescue Services Involved?

Author

Tom Moses

20 October 2022 at 07:15:06

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