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St Peters Gym accident 31-Jan-2017 At 3:07:51 PM technogeekery
On 20/09/2016 glebechris wrote:
>I was climbing with my friend Patrick belaying me. I will post some thoughts later on the cause of the accident and consideration of techniques we should teach and reinforce.

Chris - hope you are well recovered and back climbing again. Would be very interested to hear your account of the accident, its causes, and your thoughts on prevention, if you are ready to share.

Just as an aside, in recent months, I've -

- seen one climber hit the deck. He fell clipping 2nd clip, it was clear he was likely to fall, belayer did a good job to pull in enough slack to partially break his fall. No injury.
- have intervened to put someone on belay when his partner was lowering him from 12m hand over hand on the running side of the rope. It was TR - and the friction around the top anchor was luckily very high. Neither the belayer nor the climber could speak English, and did not know what they were doing wrong.
- stopped a lead climber from starting up a climb with the lead rope tied only into the leg loop tie-in, which I think might have got exciting at lower-off time.

None of this is specific to St Peters. Its good to keep in mind that the gym is not a risk-free zone, and keep an eye out for others as well as yourself & your partner.

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