Yesterday, whilst abseiling/equipping a lower-off/setting up to shunt back up, an old sling that was attached to failed and i fell the whole 25m to the ground. The ground slopes away a lttle at the bottom and is covered in bracken and so i didn't break any bones. Unforunately, however, i did grab the rope whilst falling and have sustained very bad burns on both hands. I was on my own but managed to drive to the hospital.
I feel like ive been beaten up today but i can't believe it wasn't worse.
The sling that failed was one i had found and had only used it by mistake.
Scary stuff and a bit of a wake up call!
In reply to Dark Mavis: Had a ground fall from the top of Bon Bogies that could have killed me and remember as if it was yesterday that weird other world feeling on realizing that I was OK,in time I think it will make you stronger but take it easy for a bit,good luck.
In reply to Rob Johnson: sorry still dont understand.absailer on rope,rope through anchor,anchor fail, absailer and rope come tumbling down.rope burn? how? plus 25m walk away freefall.smell of bullshit wafts through.
In reply to fromthesouth: at last, now i understand. sorry never thought of that.i think the initial responce swayed my mind a little, in conjunction with a rescue callout i called in which was a clear case of munchousens syndrome.
see, knew i wernt a knob.anyway dm knows he/she is that lucky. wot iv said is meaningless.next time u escape a death, that you have no right to, please be more clear in your o.p.
Hardman18 Jul 2010
In reply to ShaunD: It's pretty easy, his belay device was connected to his harness with a sling to make it easier to control - fairly standard.
The sling failed, meaning he was no longer attached to the rope.
If you don't understand something, read it again, don't be so quick to call someone a liar.
In reply to nickinscottishmountains: sorry. thought it was one of them troll things, he did mention abing and failure. plus 25 meter falls to deck, and drive away, arnt in my personal expectations.also its rare to bother anchoring to set up a ab.and as iv learned. trollers never repost.
In reply to Dark Mavis: Hi Mark, That's a really shitty thing to happen but you were very lucky to survive it. I am sure you will spend more time than usual pondering the meaning of life. I hope your injuries and the mental shock don't keep you away from enjoying climbing for too long. Best wishes to Laura and your lad. Pete.
In reply to Dark Mavis:
Glad to hear you got away with minor injuries Mark, we all make mistakes, sometimes we get away with it, thankfully !
Off topic, just received new Symonds Yat Guide - looks great, thanks for your ( plus everyone else's ) efforts - much appreciated.
In reply to aln: ok ok i went with an hunch.it just didnt sound right.the way it was presented.that said due to overwhelming southern support it seems my gut troll awarness, in this case, was awry.lifes a bitch, but mavis wont care.
In reply to Dark Mavis: For what its worth, I had a hand burn, some partial, some full thickness. I saw a physio in Swansea burns unit. Best piece of advice I had was a)keep it clean while its healing b) move all fingers/hand even if it hurts a bit right from the start. This is because if you don't the new skin will not grow with the same flexibility. I did both. Yes it hurt. No I do not have any problems now.
It may seem harsh, but bl***dy well do what they say, it worked for me.
Get well soon.
Thanks for all the responses, sorry but ive been out of the house, hobbling up to have tea and cake with some friends!
No not a troll, heres what happened and its all my fault.
Abbed down to put a lower-off in a new route (route finishes a way below scrappy top), after putting the pegs in i realised i had left something at the top (including my slings). Attached my shunt above me with an old sling/tat that was with my pegs etc, took myself off my belay device and prussik so i could shunt up. Weighted the shunt then realised that the sling/tat on the shunt was one that i had found a while back and was just about to back it up when it failed.
I managed to retrieve everything apart from the shunt and sling so i havent had a close look at them.
Although very shocked, with mangled hands, i don't feel put off at all, in fact i will be back there asap to finish the job off!
In reply to Dark Mavis: I am glad to hear you are Ok, a few injuries that will heal quickly you are indeed very lucky.
Please dont take this as a criticism but it may be a lesson about how gear is looked at in terms of safety. If you dont know the history of something it is prudent to just scrap it or make sure it doesn't go into service.
> Please dont take this as a criticism but it may be a lesson about how gear is looked at in terms of safety. If you dont know the history of something it is prudent to just scrap it or make sure it doesn't go into service.
Well yes, exactly, i have a couple of old found slings that i use for carrying old pegs etc on, it was never meant to be used as i did.
Glad to hear you are ok, best wishes on the recovery.
As others have said, and I know the OP knows this, so this is more directed for anyone else finding gear on a crag, you don't know its history and don't know where its been, return it to the owner who knows both...
I still wonder if the guy who knicked my rope got damaged as it was on its last legs and had taken more big falls than any other rope I had.
In reply to Dark Mavis: DM,
Sorry to hear about your accident.
A week before my wedding I soloed to the top of a climbing wall to retrieve a rope that some friends had been practicing prussiking on. I pumped out before I got there, so decided to grab the rope, get my legs round it and slide back down. Grabbing the rope made it flick away and my legs missed, but didn't miss the ground. Result: one broken ankle, deep grooves in fingers, married on crutches. But the rope burns on my fingers healed really well with no permanent damage.
> see, knew i wernt a knob.anyway dm knows he/she is that lucky. wot iv said is meaningless.next time u escape a death, that you have no right to, please be more clear in your o.p.
F**ksake man, get a spell checker! And slow down, try spending 30 seconds on sentence construction and punctuation before clicking submit. Reading your contribution is like being repeatedly jabbed in the eyes with the deliberately-annoying stick.
OP: Glad to hear you walked away from that. Must have been a sickening shock and one that'll be hard to forget in a hurry. Any idea what happened to the sling? Foundling or not it's pretty unusual for one to fail!
In reply to Dark Mavis: Bloody hell mate, I can't leave you alone for a minute can I. Hope your OK. Drop me a mail as soon as you are ready to get out again but not if you are now feeling invincible like one poster suggested. I climbed with somebody like that before needless to say he is no longer with us.
You are a very lucky man.
Where were you? I went to Shorn Cliff yesterday and it pissed it down so we ended up in the Avon Gorge.
I asked the first ascensionist of a route called "Shamanic Wanderings" why he had named it thus. He told me when he was first trying to put it up (solo) he fell of, fractured his skull and came to wandering around in the woods. Apparently he led it cleanly when his head had healed. Great name though.
To the OP: Glad you survived to tell the tale, there but for the grace of God etc........
Glad you are ok. That's one of your 9 lives ticked off.
Out of interest, did anyone know where you were? Assuming it was one of the lesser-known crags you frequent, and perhaps there was no one around, it could've been much worse. I'm sure there's a valuable lesson to be learned, on top of the don't-use-dodgy-old-sling lesson.
That's a lot of friction there and my basic physics says you should change the photo title to "Do grab the rope when free-falling". Would have kept you somewhat upright and presumably avoided the all important head impact?
In reply to Dark Mavis:I still get bored in the end, but I try and see time spent healing as an opportunity to see life differently for a bit, and sit and watch bees and read books, and do things I might not do if I was being active, I imagine your hands are painfull though. I think there are creams and certain nutrients which are supposed to help with speeding up how quickly skin heals.
Ive spent the last three months watching the fine weather drift by whilst i spend all my time looking for/moving house and then just when we are settled and i am granted a three day pass to get away somewhere nice, this happens!
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> Ive spent the last three months watching the fine weather drift by whilst i spend all my time looking for/moving house and then just when we are settled and i am granted a three day pass to get away somewhere nice, this happens!