We were standing close to the start of the route, as another party topped out. There was a shout from above and a toaster sized lump landed a few feet away from my partner. Wearing a helmet would have made zero difference if it had hit.
Very simple - stand away from the base of the route, especially when someone is climbing above. We all know to do this, but often don't.
Trad rock climbing
Standing at the bottom gearing up
Falling rock, snow, ice or object
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