Today at Ilkley a large block became detached on 'The Flake Climb' whilst an individual was climbing it. His arm became trapped and he was stuck for nearly three hours requiring the help of the fire service, air ambulance and mountain rescue. The block is still in-situ. The fire service have left two wedges underneath it. I've no idea how stable the block is now but i STRONGLY recommend climbers give this route and those surrounding it a wide birth.
In reply to ralphio: I saw the air ambulance fly over whilst I was lim ing in the quarry. I saw it had landed over near Rocky Valley. When I was leaving I asked a MR guy what had happened and he said a climber had been trapped by his arm by a falling block. Glad to hear nothing's broken and best wishes for a speedy recovery.
In reply to lummox: Right above the cave recess, before you start traversing out left onto the front face. Its not a flake, it's a big square block that i'd say weighs about half a ton. I'd seriously think twice before putting my hands anywhere near it.
I was the guy belaying the guy that got stuck......
DONT climb this route, the block is very loose and very big! During the rescue the Fire crew pushed some wedges in to keep the block propped up whilst my mate pulled his arm out. The wedges are about the only thing that's keeping the block in and even so its still unstable. If someone were to pull on it the whole thing would come down and they wouldn't be as lucky as my mate was.