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Fall on Rock, Failure to Follow Route, Rope Severed, New York, Shawangunks

FALL ON ROCK

New York, Shawangunks

On December 2, a climber (age unknown) fell while setting up a top rope on a route called Reefer Madness. He sustained arm and back injuries which warranted a visit to the hospital. (Source: Brad Snyder)

Analysis

This is not an uncommon situation. Last year, a similar accident occurred in North Carolina and was reported in this journal. When the climbing part of the climb is over, there is that potential relaxation of awareness, that feeling of security. Turning one’s back to the edge, not securing one’s position, and focusing only on such things as rope coiling or setting up a belay are among the activities that can distract one from the immediate danger. (Source: J. Williamson)