Tito Traversa Accident - Quickdraw Information
by Jack Geldard - UKC Chief Editor Jul/2013
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INCORRECTLY threaded quickdraw
UKC News, Jul 2013
Last week we reported the tragic death of Tito Traversa, the young Italian sport climber, who fell to the ground after his quickdraws were incorrectly attached whilst he was climbing in France. There is now information on how his quickdraws were attached.
We illustrated the initial report with a UKC video from several years ago, that shows how easy it is to have an incorrectly threaded quickdraw if you use an open sling.
It has now come to light in a report on the French website Grimper that the quickdraws that Tito used were not open slings, but had still been similarly incorrectly threaded with an elastic 'keeper' - used to grip the carabiner and stop it moving around on the end of the sling.
You can see in the photo on the right that the sling is not clipped to the carabiner, it is just held by the elastic band. This is INCORRECT.
It is essential that the actual sling itself takes the load of the climber, and not just the elastic band. Double check when assembling your quickdraws, and if you have open slings, check them again before you clip as they can accidentally end up incorrectly threaded in your rucksack (see video below).
VIDEO: The Potential Danger of Open Slings
| Forums ( Read More... | 98 comments, 28 Aug 2013 )|
|There is a big difference between charging people and finding them guilty (presumably even in the slightly bizarre Italian legal system). Any one of the ones charged could potentially have a responsibility for the...|
andrewmcleod - 28 Aug 2013
... Sorry I didn't stalk someone before commenting. Do you think that in anyway changes what I said? Maybe andrew will be forgiven for misunderstanding a woman because women are bad at making statements? Is that what...
r0x0r.wolfo - 27 Aug 2013
seems a bit bonkers. its a known potential hazard of a particular kind of equipment when used incorrectly, seems completely inappropriate to make it a matter for prosecution no matter how awful the outcome of the...
pebbles - 27 Aug 2013
|I've just seen this link - http://www.climbing.com/news/manslaughter-investigation-in-tito-traversa-death/ - from which: "The prosecutor entered into the docket five people: the owner of the Italian company that...|
a lakeland climber - 26 Aug 2013
Thanks, I misunderstood and stand corrected. The QDs I have (HB) are about 8cms from the sewing thread to the top biner and rotate just fine. I had imagined (obviously incorrectly) that to avoid all the problems that...
MikeTS - 12 Jul 2013
I donīt think you quite understand, Iīve NEVER seen a quickdraw sling where the top loop wasnīt loose enough to allow free movement and rotating the karabiner and believe me Iīve seen a lot of draws. The only one which...
jimtitt - 11 Jul 2013
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