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Apr 20, 2009, 7:06 AM
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Here’s another boring and common accident report concerning a climber being injured as a result of the belayer not being tied into the end of the rope/no backup knot on the rope. The report is from Mt. Project. The advice that looking at the end of the rope is sufficient for safety is misleading and dangerous if it leads one to believe such safeguard replaces the more secure practices of being tied into the end of the rope or knotting the rope.

Cheers, Rob.calm
«Today [19 April] at Rumney (Armed+Dangerous Area) a seasoned climber was lowered off the end of his rope by another seasoned climber. Both climber had joked regarding the length of the rope/climb prior to starting the route.

The climber fell onto his head and upper back from 12 feet, and sustained only a small head injury and some apparent nerve damage to his arms/pelvis. The climber was extricated by 15+ climbers and 10+ rescuers, never lost consciousness and it appears that he will be just fine after some rest and relaxation. This climber was lucky not only to fall from where he did , but how he did and with so many people around.

Let this be a lesson to tie a knot in the end of your rope, or at least look at the end when lowering off a climb (especially one you haven't been on many times). Also, remember no matter how long you have been climbing it is always important to practice safety to the best of your ability.»

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