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Top Roping Ankle Breakage
jakob
20/03/2017
3:28:39 PM
Was belaying my second up a climb in Joshua Tree recently when I heard a thump, thump thump scream. Peered over the edge and saw a girl on the end of a top rop which was anchored close to me, her ankle was completely busted, not compound, but badly fractured.

What happened? The party of 6 she was with set up a wondering slab (about 45degrees from left to right) without clipping bolts on the way as re-directs to protect against a pendulum. She blew it around half way and pendulumned and crocodile rolled about 8m across the slab, bouncing off and then swinging around and having her foot jam the slab.

How to stop this - if you are going to set up a top rope for a friend, beware of pendulums, protect against them by clipping gear/bolts in order to reduce the size of the pendulum. The second can unclip on the way up. If you have multiple in your party, you will be forced to lower or rappel each climber back down the route and get them to reclip each piece to protect the 3rd, 4th, etc.

Rescue - The girl was above a large ledge, the party was stunned. She couldn't be lowered on to the ledge as she was incapable of walking herself the 3m back across the undulating ledge to lower off again. I lowered my partner from the atc in guide mode (safely of course, having read of accidents where this has gone wrong). Then rigged an extended abseil on self belay with a prussik. I came down and connected her to my device with a couple lockers and another sling (modified rescue sling esque). I got her belayer to keep slack in the system as a backup but to stay on belay. Kept her between my legs facing out (as opposed to inwards if rescuing someone unconcious) and she used her good foot to stabilse herself as we came down, onto the ledge, over the ledge and back down to the ground. Off to hospital for her, hope she goes ok.

Recommend everyone read up on rescues! It could come in handy. Practice with a mate on the next rainy day, just back it up with a separate rope.
One Day Hero
20/03/2017
11:23:59 PM
On 20/03/2017 jakob wrote:
>Recommend everyone read up on rescues! It could come in handy. Practice
>with a mate on the next rainy day, just back it up with a separate rope.

Yeah, I dunno about practicing rescues on a granite slab on a rainy day. If someone's foot slips while your mate is "between your legs, facing out", it's gonna end in tears (and teabags).

gnaguts
21/03/2017
9:35:16 AM
On 20/03/2017 One Day Hero wrote:
>On 20/03/2017 jakob wrote:
>>Recommend everyone read up on rescues! It could come in handy. Practice
>>with a mate on the next rainy day, just back it up with a separate rope.
>
>Yeah, I dunno about practicing rescues on a granite slab on a rainy day.
>If someone's foot slips while your mate is "between your legs, facing out",
>it's gonna end in tears (and teabags).

Dam str8 bout that.
Olbert
24/03/2017
12:47:13 AM
On 21/03/2017 gnaguts wrote:
>On 20/03/2017 One Day Hero wrote:
>>On 20/03/2017 jakob wrote:
>>>Recommend everyone read up on rescues! It could come in handy. Practice
>>>with a mate on the next rainy day, just back it up with a separate rope.
>>
>>Yeah, I dunno about practicing rescues on a granite slab on a rainy day.
>>If someone's foot slips while your mate is "between your legs, facing
>out",
>>it's gonna end in tears (and teabags).
>
>Dam str8 bout that.

I don't think straight has anything to do with it.

Stugang
24/03/2017
1:33:40 AM

If you are climbing with a party of 6 on a wandering slab and think one rope is fine then buy more ropes.

If you can't afford it get a better job or try less hard to be popular.

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