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Franco Cookson takes 20m Ground Fall Video

© Franco Cookson

In this video we see UKC regular Franco Cookson attempt O'Gradey's Incurable Itch (E6 7a) without side runners.

The lack of side runner protection would bump up the E grade significantly on this route (E9 7a?).

Unfortunately Franco doesn't make a successful ascent and falls from near the top of the route, ripping two pegs and landing on the ground from circa 20m. He survives to post again on the UKC forums.

The UKC Logbook description:

22m. Climb the crack and then, after traversing for siderunners on the right (wires and RPs) move into the delightfully desperate crux sequence, up the wild headwall with no more protection. Upgraded in the new rockfax and after several roped inspections and consultation with the FA. © ROCKFAX
FA. Andy Stewart 1999

Read more about the route in the UKC Logbooks.

Franco - BE CAREFUL! And we are glad you are okay.

photo
About to hit the deck from 19 metres.
© Franco Cookson


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24 Mar, 2011
Terrific video. As Jack G says, please be careful, Franco!
24 Mar, 2011
Ooof, Franco. That was hard to watch knowing what was coming. Glad you're OK...
24 Mar, 2011
With hindsight(!) it might have been worth giving the pegs a proper 'checking' with a hammer. Chris PS It is too late to say "take care" but I am saying it anyway!
24 Mar, 2011
Wishes for a speedy recovery. Si
24 Mar, 2011
He looked as though he got up and was walking around, then the picture shows him on a stretcher. It looked like it hurt though.
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