Falling when soloing

"The ground doesn't lie, and neither do the tendons and ligaments in your legs, or fine bones in your wrists and hands, or the plates of the skull ... or the spine. Heason laid on the ground in a state of shock, believing he'd “just get up and have another go.” Then, as time passed, he realized he'd broken both ankles, doing severe soft-tissue damage to one of them — damage that would take years to heal. “It hurt a bit,” says Heason. “But not as much as I'd have expected broken bones to.”

Michael Reardon and Matt Samet recount some tales of solo climbers hitting the ground at

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