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Topic - Knot the dead end of the rope!

JimboWizbo - on 16 Mar 2014

Just a friendly reminder to everyone (can't hurt)

Had a close call today lowering off a sport route when my belayer ran out of rope. So remember to do your checks (rope/route length), double checks, and to knot the dead rope if not completely sure.

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My belayer had climbed that route before on his rope with some friends and it was comfortably long enough, however he and his friends re-tie-in to the end of the rope when lowering, I tie in to the bight, so there was less rope than usual. This combined with probably a different belaying position (the ground is sloped) meant the rope went slack when I was about 10ft off the ground, fortunately I managed to leap away from the scramble start of the climb and land on a flat load of rocks, rather than tumbling.

A stupid mistake on both our parts. Very lucky just to have scrapes and bruises (left heel is quite bashed so got a bit of a hobble on but that's all).
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