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Hazards of the Hazards 19-Jan-2019 At 7:11:24 AM jrc
Bit of an adventure this Wednesday last (16/1/19) at Freycinet when Michael C (17) was trying P1 or Stud City on the hazards; placed a big camalot in the wide crack in the initial corner and moved up onto the juggy face towards a ledge. He was wondering whether to place another runner but decided it was too easy to bother however the last hold before the ledge broke and he came winging down!!

Overall fall was about 8m finishing about 1 1/2 m above the deck however he went head and back into a protruding rock. In spite of wearing a helmet he cut the back of his head later requiring 3 stitches. Blood everywhere though and back
Really sore. Did not black out.

We established nothing more serious than cut to head and back badly bruised but no other damage which was really lucky. Then followed a belayed walkout along the hazards main wall ledge and a trip to doctor; CT scan at Launceston where all was pronounced ok. Mike was keen to climb next day so -after buying a new helmet at Paddy’s Launceston- we did easy stuff at hillwood then can back to Coles Bay Thursday night. All now seems well.

One key learning is being a little more cautious in placing runners. The other is helmet wearing. The foam on the inside of Michaels petzl Elios was broken into 6 pieces. There is no doubt in my mind that Mr Petzl’s product was a lifesaver.

Have a safe time on the rocks all of you

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