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Date of Incident

13/06/2019

Country

Scotland

Route

Incident

We climbed on a single rope, trad style with leader and second finishing at the top. Descent off this route requires an abseil. I used a sling with two carabiners as a cow's tail between my harness and the chain while we untied from the rope to set up the abseil. I clipped the cow's tail to my knot loop instead of the belay loop on my harness. I did not realise until some time after I had untied the rope - until then I had not been connected to the chain by anything, but had believed I was securely attached.

Lessons

A more systematic self check, from anchor through to harness, before untying the rope would have caught this error before it put me in danger.

Activity

Trad rock climbing

When

Descending

Injury

No injury

Causes

Abseil or rappel failure or error

Anonymous?

Yes

Reported By

Participant

Wearing Helmets?

Yes

Rescue Services Involved?

Author

14 December 2021, 08:23:40

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