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.
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.
Trad rock climbing
Abseil or rappel failure or error
Rescue Services Involved?
14 December 2021 at 08:23:40
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