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Falling ice is harder than flesh
© Sam Walmsley, Mar 2005
Route: Devil's Appendix (VS 4c)
Climbers: Sam Walmsley
Date taken: 7th March 2005

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Halfway through leading the second pitch of a rapidly melting Devil's Appendix, a section of ice from the third pitch detached itself and landed on my face. After nearly passing out, and enduring moderate abuse from my belayer for climbing too slowly, I eventually set up a belay and we finished the route. A quick trip to Bangor hospital and my face was mended with a mix of stitches and superglue.
With no mirror on the route this is a photo I took with my digital camera so I could use the screen to check the damage
Sam W - 15/May/08
That's why you should never leave the ground without your trusty compact mirror. Simply duct tape on a loop of perlon cord and clip to harness - for immediate in-route vanity-checks...
jamesboyle - 18/May/08
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