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Date of Incident

17/08/2021

Country

England

Route

Incident

Witnessed (and intervened in) a near miss at a climbing wall today. A climber reported to me that another climber was using auto belays and had been clipping to the gear loop at the rear of her harness.
She had climbed a few routes like this apparently and had (luckily) down climbed 😳
When approached she had no idea of her mistake and was a bit shaken when I told her about the extreme danger of her error. I corrected and clipped her to her belay loop before reporting her to the walls staff who then took her aside to re-run through basic safety with her. Scary stuff!

Lessons

The wall should not have issued her a harness. She clearly had no idea of how to use it. Serious lapse in basic safety protocols.

Activity

Indoor climbing

When

Injury

No injury

Causes

Harness misuse

Anonymous?

Yes

Reported By

Observer

Wearing Helmets?

Rescue Services Involved?

None

Author

18 August 2021, 06:30:11

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