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Sep 2, 2010, 6:53 PM

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Re: [oldsalt] Accident while lowering at City of Rocks
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oldsalt wrote:
I'm concerned about the description of events. Before going there, I see that he is doing well, thank God.

The description includes the phrase "top roping". Doesn't that imply that the climber returns to the point from which he started the climb? Shouldn't there have been enough rope to do the start, and thus enough rope to return to the same spot?

The only way I can visualize this is if the belayer moved further down slope during the climb. This would require more rope to lower than was needed to start.

Clarity, anyone?

Well, I wasn't there. But, here is what generally tends to happen in these types of accidents. Leader does the route, it's steep, and sometimes the base is steep as you mentioned. Leader gets to the top, neither has bothered to judge the length of the route, or close the system. Leader sets up anchor, belayer starts to lower.

You can guess the rest.


I will add this, there are sport routes that are at the bleeding edge of a 100 feet. Therefore, if you are not knowledgeable of the area, or are not capable of judging vertical distances, then this type of accident can occur very easily.

(This post was edited by socalclimber on Sep 2, 2010, 7:58 PM)

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