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Fall on Rock, Kentucky, Red River Gorge, Roadside Crag

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Kentucky, Red River Gorge, Roadside Crag

On November 20, a climber (age unknown) on Ro Shampo (5.12a) “smashed” their belayer into the boulder below the climb because they forgot to unclip the belay end of the rope after cleaning bolt #1 and taking the swing. (Source: From a post on

(Editor's Note: With the many Web sites devoted to climbing now in existence, we are learning more than we want to know about the kinds of errors climbers are making as a result of inexperience.)

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