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So, what happened here? 8-Apr-2014 At 10:44:24 AM prb
After seconding me on a large number of climbs over the last couple of years, it was time for my partner's first lead.
I thought we'd covered the basics and she set off up the crack. I could get a view of the first three pieces, a hex and two SLCDs, and they looked fine.
I couldn't see the top pieces, another hex and a #3 SLCD, from the ground.

When I got to the top SLCD, I was surprised to find she'd placed it 'sideways' with the cams vertical not horizontal in a vertical crack. It was jammed in pretty snug and one of the outer cams was bent.
Falling on such a placement could twist the SLCD and bend the cams in weird ways.
My friend explained she had 'summit fever' and wasn't thinking straight.

Never underestimate the number of ways inexperienced climbers can get confused.

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