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Araps accident 17th April 2014 22-Apr-2014 At 3:35:12 PM colinbrochard
Hey guys,

I'm the guy who fell. Shilts pretty much nailed it. My belayer was teathered with a double-shoulderlength dyneema sling (shoulda used the rope, but I anticipated getting gear in above her) to a glue-in at waist height below Lemington.

I traversed the easyish horizontal crack from the ground to a small ledge at the base of the route (and above the void/gully). I relaxed/lost focus at the ledge as I reached for a peice (the first peice). At this point I lost my balance, and fell from the ledge past my belayer. I felt my fall arrested breifly but then I tumbled freely and screamed like a girl until I arrived at the bottom of the gully (in my defense I was pretty sure I was gunna die/ or be maimed when I stopped cartwheeling and hit the ground).

My partner, was pulled off her stance in the directon of the gully. She slammed the wall& flipped upsidedown and dislocated her shoulder in the process which is why she lost control of the belay.

This has been a very humbling experience. I fell in a place I had no business falling (easy,exposed, and unprotected). Obviously a piece above my belayer (which is easily plugged from the ground into the horizontal crack described above) would have prevented this accident. We are both lucky to escape with relatively minor injuries. My partner is OK and recovering back in Adelaide as mentioned above.

Thanks for the support and concern and if anybody that helped with the rescue hasn't received a free Cooper's and/or crepe they should stop by my site at the Pines before I take off tomorrow arvo. Cheers.

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