17 Down Under:
17 DOWN UNDER. "A celebration of moderate grade climbing in Victoria". 184 pages. 285 images. Father & son team, Steve & John Morris, embark on a journey to climb and photograph 50 of the best rock climbs in Victoria, grade 17 & under. Inc bookmark $50.00
Very hard to judge. Couldn't see what he had placed exactly let alone how marginal the placements were. And I've never climbed there so I have no idea of the quality of the rock. Thought I saw some rock fragments flying when one of the placements failed, did I imagine that?
A different belay device and a softer catch might have helped if the difference between those pieces holding and pulling was small. But they might have pulled anyway and the extra give in the system put him on the ground.