In reply to Franco Cookson:
Nice to hear you are ok, I'd be careful of top roping though it is awfully dangerous; I got a nasty rope burn on my armpit in an horrific top-rope accident. (Horrific in the sense that someone saw me top roping). There is always sport climbing if you get desperate.
Thanks for the kind wishes everyone. I'm remarkably fine- was almost contemplating some bouldering today, but I think I'll rest the ankle up a bit.
I'm aware I'm very lucky and I don't intend on testing my luck in the same way in the future.
And yes, big respect to Jack Rotheram. The mentalist threw himself backwards off a ledge without thinking, missing the mat and hurting his shoulder. This undoubtedly stopped me seriously injuring myself. And thanks to Jack Metcalfe for sorting out the ambulance- as has been said, I felt ok, but my helmet was badly dented and we thought it would be best to be on the safe-side.
In reply to Rebecca Earnshaw: Franco, that second peg, wasnt the quickdraw placed weirdly through that? Kinda looks the wrong way round to me, like if loaded it would torque the peg rather than hang straight. Wonder if thats why it snapped....
Anyway, good try, glad to hear youre alright, looked like a hellish move.
New pegs aren't supposed to snap though there was a case years ago of the heads breaking off one make (can't remember which) when whacked hard. Also worth pointing out (too late!) that pegs in vertical cracks should not be used for free climbing protection.
In reply to Dr Avid:
Looks to me like the peg was placed 'upside down' with the eye 'up' rather than 'down'. The way the clip then goes into that eye it looks like there would be a really strong rotational force on the head of the peg rather than a force 'through' the width of the peg the way its designed to work.
In reply to Rebecca Earnshaw:
Totally gripped just watching never mind being on it. How you kept your balance the first tie you started to barn door is beyond me, top effort fella clearly another future Brit talent.
In reply to Rebecca Earnshaw: what sort of pegs were they? knifeblades? lost arrows? How old? What were the placements like? There must be plenty of people doing routes with pegs and trusting them to hold falls like that - I'm sure the climbing community can learn something from this event.
BTW, good effort Franco - I'm sure many others would have 'gone for it' like you did given it went well on TR.
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