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"I'm a bird"
Aaron Kennedy, Oct 2016
© jules1990
Route: The Sentinel (E2 5b)
Climbers: Julian Halford
Camera used: HTC Phone
Date taken: 22nd October 2016
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Definitely not the recommended descent from any climb!
jules1990 - 25/Oct/16
Hells teeth!
Looks like me in the background. Painful??
PaulHermes - 26/Oct/16
I hope the landing was soft!
Dave Musgrove - 26/Oct/16
It could well be you in the background, there were loads of people there! And unfortunately yes it was painful and the landing was most definitely not soft!
jules1990 - 26/Oct/16
It could well be you in the background, there were loads of people there! And unfortunately yes it was painful and the landing was most definitely not soft!
jules1990 - 26/Oct/16
If there's any silver lining to be had from this it's to be UKC photo of the week. 5* for effort mate :)
StevieLee - 26/Oct/16
Ouch, take care!
James Rushforth - 26/Oct/16
Eeeeeek! What the flipping flip?! Hope you and your ankles are OK.
ChrisBrooke - 26/Oct/16
So how did that happen?
jon - 26/Oct/16
Love the look on that belayers face! Great picture.
DerwentDiluted - 26/Oct/16
Amazing, horrifying photo. Hope he was OK.
Mick Ward - 27/Oct/16
I have a feeling that 'the Sentinel' was soon replaced with 'the fentanyl'.
DerwentDiluted - 27/Oct/16
So, my ankles are fine. My back and hip not so much. But I'll be back climbing next year. So DerwentDiluted were you on of the guys that attended?
jules1990 - 27/Oct/16
Jules, love your "lead dnf" logbook ebtry. indeed......! Hope you're ok. Great photo. The cam in your hand must tell a story.
Robert Durran - 27/Oct/16
If you look closely, he's got the nut that was supposed to stop him decking out in his other hand.
SuperLee1985 - 27/Oct/16
Excellent photo work. Hope it's a speedy recovery!
simon32000 - 27/Oct/16
Ouch! Saw some MRT commotion from Higgar and wondered if something had happened on The Sentinel - wishing you a speedy recovery!
Duncan Campbell - 27/Oct/16
No I wasn't there, but I heard that you'd put some effort into mashing yourself up. Best wishes for your recovery and I hope you are out and about sooner rather than later.
DerwentDiluted - 27/Oct/16
I backed off the Sentinel because the wires looked so crap and I do like to have at least one decent piece when on something at limit, which it was.
Were you trying to hang on the wire and it popped?
JJL - 30/Oct/16
It seems that I tried to grab it on the way down. I was trying to put the cam in when I realised that I was going g to come off...
jules1990 - 30/Oct/16
Amazing timing! Glad you're ok -ish.
Jus - 30/Oct/16
I think we might have the design for Edale MRT's new Christmas Card.
Heal fast.
FrogHero - 31/Oct/16
Now if only that cam had been well placed then this photo would be very average!
Sean Kelly - 01/Nov/16
Actually I was placing the cam when I fell off. But thanks for your insight!
jules1990 - 01/Nov/16
Think that is me belaying - my friend Julia was one of the many in attendance. Belayed my mate George on this earlier in the day - he spent ages placing a decentish wire in the crack and then took a whipper onto it - fine lines!
robsway - 01/Nov/16
Rob was she the lady that helped out after? If so please thank her from me! She's the only person (that I know of) that I haven't been able to thank.
jules1990 - 01/Nov/16
Yes that would have been Julia I think. I'll pass on your thanks - she'll be glad to know you're on the mend, as am I - it wasn't looking great at this point. We were relieved to hear you say you were too hot with all the coats placed on top of you!
robsway - 02/Nov/16
This is just brilliant. Couldn't have staged it better. Gear in hand... the 'there's the ground' nonplussed look on your face... the belayer with a pre-shock 'oh sh*t' expression... and the two in the background unaware of the drama that is about to ensue. Love it... especially in b+w for effect.
Derry - 02/Nov/16
Wishing you a swift recovery sir. Amazing photo though.
Private Flounder - 04/Nov/16
Congratulations! This photo was chosen as Photo of the Week, based on votes by registered users over the past 7 days.
UKC Photos - 06/Nov/16
Photo of the week? Photo of the year!
radddogg - 06/Nov/16
Brings back memories, 2 years since my accident at's a great shot and one which you will have to show your children I guess !
mr mills - 06/Nov/16
Great photo!
I seem to remember the gear being really strenuous to place on this one and I ended up going up and down loads of times before getting in anything I was happy with.
Good luck with your recovery, nice to have a good photo to remember your brush with death by (although I guess the event itself was probably pretty memorable)!
MeMeMe - 07/Nov/16
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