/ Girl Vs Rock Climbing Wall Fail.
One for the masses to chew over.
Top roping on a steeply overhung route, lol.
That is a pretty dumb accident, surely the consequences of falling off a steep overhang on a top rope are obvious?
The swing, yes, but the amount of vertical fall that occurred first would suggest there was perhaps a bit much slack out...
I was quite surprised that she penduled as far as she did, it didn't seem consistent with where the belayer's end of the rope was leading. I can only assume that if the top-rope was in-situ, it has been directed through intermediate clips to reduce swing potential.
In the normal run of things, a climber on top-rope would unclip these as they ascended, then swing in and re-clip these on the way down. However, if the climber ties onto what should be the belayer's end, which is running straight up to the lower-off, problems arise. This appears to have been what has happened.
This used to happen periodically on a couple of steep top-rope routes at the wall I used to work at. We realised that we couldn't just assume that all climbers would figure out which end to climb on, so attached a big laminated card to the belayer's end, telling them to tie onto the other end and making it impossible to use for a knot.
Of course it may have been a lead-rope that was partially unclipped from the draws - either way she was still on the wrong end. Hope it didn't hurt too much...
> The swing, yes, but the amount of vertical fall that occurred first would suggest there was perhaps a bit much slack out...
Because the length of rope needed to follow the overhang is longer than the vertical height of the wall (its the hypotenuse of a right angled triangle). As soon as she comes off the rope doesn't need to follow the overhanging wall any more.
Didn't see any slack in the belayers rope, but I did see a hell of a lot of rope stretch. Looks like a lead rope that was not clipped in to the draws.
It was clipped into something other than the lower off (see my theory above). The point that the belayer's end is leading to is not the point that she penduled from, or she wouldn't have gone so far.
She tied on to the wrong end and no one noticed (or bothered).
Ah, I see that now, and that friction at the belayers end would explain how the belayer didn't get pulled in to the wall, as I thought he did well there to just stand there blithely as she sailed by! Still think its a lead rope, with all that stretch, and she tied in to the wrong end as a second.
Re slack in the system, isn't this a good thing in this scenario because it means you swing in less aggressively? I deliberately give a more dynamic belay in this type of context to give the climber more vertical drop before he falls inward so he can respond.
That's on lead not top-rope ofc but I think same considerations apply.
> It was clipped into something other than the lower off (see my theory above). The point that the belayer's end is leading to is not the point that she penduled from, or she wouldn't have gone so far.
That was my thought, belayed well back from the top of the route and the cameraman in the right spot to be swung into.
Reminds me of some of the choreographed videos on "you've been framed"
Clearly, she should have been climbing on the other end of the rope and unclipping as she went, however, that didn't happen. What did happen though was that this becomes a 'fail' video, and gets seen by countless people who then get the impression that climbers are reckless and don't know what they are doing, or worse, think that that is a normal occurence.
To some extent, though I think for the fall to go that close to the floor there was a bit much. As others have said, it might be because he was belaying on the end through the clips (rather than her seconding properly) and friction was the cause.
Ever heard the term "Hit the ground on stretch"?
That's almost what happened here. She's a big girl and you can deduce from the swing and the bounce that the route was long and very steep.
Someone f*cked up big style letting her go on the wrong end of the rope.
She should have been on the other end of the rope unclipping as she went and the guy belaying should have been standing near the thing she clattered into.
Agreed, it's stretch....and a bit of general 'thickness'!
> Clearly, she should have been climbing on the other end of the rope and unclipping as she went, however, that didn't happen. What did happen though was that this becomes a 'fail' video, and gets seen by countless people who then get the impression that climbers are reckless and don't know what they are doing, or worse, think that that is a normal occurence.
Indeed, and doesn't it give us that lovely feeling of notoriety...
Lucky she wasn't tied in with a bowline or it could have been nasty!
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