Forums: Climbing Information: Accident and Incident Analysis: Re: [a4a52041] Climber Falls 100ft at Skaha, BC: Edit Log


Jun 11, 2013, 7:54 PM

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Re: [a4a52041] Climber Falls 100ft at Skaha, BC
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a4a52041 wrote:
From my understanding...when the person got to the top of the route the belayer took him off...the climber leaned back to weight the rope and fell.

This is why lowering off the anchors when sport climbing scares the shit out of me. There's much more chance of error (edited to add: and lots more reported accidents) than setting up a rap (and nicer on the anchors...). And do what have you... tie knots in the ends, set up an autoblock, and call down to verify your ends are on the ground. Much much safer.

I constantly see people yell "off belay" and the belayer takes them off and walks away. The climber threads the rope and gets ready to lower and calls "put me on belay". There is absolutely no reason, *whatsoever* to ever call off belay when planning to lower on a route. Scary, scary, scary.

(This post was edited by kobaz on Jun 11, 2013, 7:59 PM)

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