American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Fall on Rock, Inadequate Protection—Belay Anchor, Inadequate Belay, British Columbia, Squamish, Sickle

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FALL ON ROCK, INADEQUATE PROTECTION–BELAY ANCHOR, INADEQUATE BELAY

British Columbia, Squamish, Sickle

Two climbers were ascending a route called Sickle on the Apron on May 20. They were anchored to a conifer tree, about five to ten centimeters in diameter and three meters tall. The lead climber fell, pulling off the belayer and the tree. They fell about 40 meters and were caught by a clump of trees. One suffered a broken ankle and ribs, and both were bruised and cut. (Source: CASBC Access News #21)

Analysis

Trees on steep cliffs are often poorly rooted. Climbers should always examine the tree carefully, test it, and back it up with more protection if there is any doubt. (Source: Nancy Hansen)

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