Date of Incident
Climbing with my usual partner - I was belaying on a lead climb. My partner had just placed the first piece of gear and was <1m off the ground. I stepped in towards him to point out a foothold, as he stepped up and I stepped back, I caught the tip of his nut key, which was on the back of his harness on the inside of my nostril! This caused a small wound and considerable amount of pain. I lowered/dropped my partner to the ground (this is a debatable point). First aid was self administered.
Stay well clear of sharp objects, think about where things will move to next. Always carry a first aid kit. I consider this a freak accident but also it could have been prevented by taking a bit more care.
Trad rock climbing
entrapment of belayer by leaders gear
Rescue Services Involved?
19 April 2022 at 12:36:41
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