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Fall on Rock, Protection Pulled Out, Inadequate Protection, Kentucky, Red River Gorge, Muir Valley

FALL ON ROCK, PROTECTION PULLED OUT, INADEQUATE PROTECTION

Kentucky, Red River Gorge, Muir Valley

On April 22, a male climber (40) was nearing the top of a short dihedral on a trad route called “Short and Sweet” (5.7), located at the Practice Wall. He took a lead fall, causing his upper protection pieces to pop out, causing him to hit the ground. He sustained a crushed vertebra. He was carefully packaged onto a spine board, placed in a litter, and delivered to an awaiting helicopter.

Analysis

This accident was caused by tenuously placed gear. The climber commented that he should have put in more pieces. (Source: Rick Weber)