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Re: Rope Severed by Carabiner

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avatar Rope Severed by Carabiner
October 17, 2010 08:53PM
Recently, a young man climbing "Tape Worm" at the Midnight Surf wall took a lead fall from a point between the first and second bolt. His rope ran from his belay, through a quickdraw hanging from the first bolt, to his harness. On this particular route, the first bolt is located high enough that he would not have decked under normal circumstances. Unfortunately, when he fell, his rope was completely severed by the lower carabiner on the quickdraw attached to the first bolt, and he did deck. He sustained head injuries, but, thankfully, is well on his way to a full recovery. Although we still have some more research to do, including replicating the incident under safe, controlled conditions, we believe it important enough to publish this report as soon as possible in hopes that it might prevent a similar accident.

http://www.redriverclimbing.com/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=13270
Re: Rope Severed by Carabiner
November 07, 2010 07:24AM
Interesting. People leave gear hanging in the elements, then trust their life to them weeks, or months maybe years later. Nuts.
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