Nov 21, 2010, 8:23 AM
Registered: Sep 8, 2004
According to the police Report paraphrased in the latest "klettern" (german climbing magazine), the cause of the accident was an "unlocked" locking Biner that separated from the sling. According to witnesses, Kurt wanted to sit in his harness and fell, with the sling in his hand. The Biner stayed on the Cable.
Personally, (as well as others in german climbing Forums) i think the failure mode points to a Biner with rubber on a long sling, similar to what is demonstrated in this video
I fail to see how a simply unlocked biner can separate from the sling, an then stay on the cable.
Do you know if he was simply using a girth hitched sling, or a via ferrata set? Via ferrata sets have 2 carabiners, so in that case, had he not clipped both?
Sorry, as of now, thats all the detail I have, (translated from german to english). But yeah, regardless of ferrata set or not, Rest on TWO Points!
Edited to add :
According to this, it WAS a girth-hiched Sling... (somehow google translate does not like the site), and here, according to eyewitnesses, his feet might have slipped.
(This post was edited by iknowfear on Nov 21, 2010, 8:41 AM)