Jan 17, 2013, 1:16 PM
Registered: Jan 5, 2009
In reply to: At this point of time I still had no intention of climbing on, I was just looking for the possible route, but my second put me on belay out of habit...
I'm a little surprised that nobody has commented on this yet--as this error is likely the proximate cause of the accident. Apparently, by thinking he was merely scoping out the possible line, the climber failed to realize that he was, in actual fact, really climbing.
Hope they continue to heal well. Could've happened to any one -- it's sort of the ledge version of "unfinished tie-in not".
It is particularly important to realize the importance of good anchors and good protection directly off belay ledges, where the possibility for high fall-factor falls is high.
Right, if this is really the case -- the three-piece anchor was not clipped or was broken down, and all they had was the one cam, it feels like a classic "slippery slope" accident - taking more risk then they would if not at all on belay or with no pro clipped at all, but yet not protecting as they would if "really climbing".
(This post was edited by ClimbClimb on Jan 17, 2013, 1:17 PM)