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Failure to Test Protection, Anchor Slng Failure, Fall on Rock, Alberta, Rocky Mountain, Spray Slabs

FAILURE TO TEST PROTECTION, ANCHOR SLING FAILURE, FALL ON ROCK

Alberta, Rocky Mountains, Spray Slabs

Spray Slabs is a practice area near Banff. In July, 1990, a leader (46) climbed a short distance above his belayer, clipped into a very old 9 mm webbing sling on a piton, and committed his weight to it. The knot held, but the sling broke and the victim fell, bounced off a narrow ledge, and landed on a wider ledge. He suffered bruises and a broken ankle.

Analysis

An existing anchor, especially a sling, is always suspect and relied on. (Source: T. Auger, Warden Service, Banff National Park)