The belay had three bolts yet he only clipped one, and didn't use a single locking carabiner.
"I was belaying from a ledge high up on the wall at 2 a.m. when my partner called 'off belay.' I was so out of it that I responded by untying myself from the rope."
They were trying to be safe, but in their zeal they neglected to follow three tenets of basic anchor construction.
A gym climber needed a belay, so a stranger offered to hold her rope. Literally, just held onto the rope for the belay.
A beginner climber is forced up a route, gets in a dangerous situation and her partner refuses to help. Should you intervene?
An experienced climber makes the mistake of lowering over another team's rope.
The author was mean to his body in the worst ways. But is he really sorry?
The list of dangerous climbing acts continues to grow.
Parents love their kids and will do anything for them, including taking them toprope climbing when they don't have a clue.
Climbing is supposedly about soul, but nothing beats beating everyone at their own game, and that's why we invented style.
If you thought you'd seen everything, you haven't.
This story goes beyond gross.
Deep in the Cascades, you can top out huge walls without placing gear or pulling 5.10 moves on routes like Flyboys, which climbs 1,800 fully bolted feet at an achievable 5.9. (From 2020.)
Her mother was "belaying" by holding on tight to the climber's end of the rope with her bare hands. The girl had the Grigri clipped to her harness with the rope running through it.
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SCARY (AND TRUE) TALES FROM A CRAG NEAR YOU
Thinking they were using rope tugs for commands, this beginner belayer took their climber off belay minutes before the climber had finished climbing.
Use this expert advice to never lose touch with your partner on a long route.
Scary (and true!) tales from a crag near you
A classic case of miscommunication could have spelled disaster.
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Climbing is dangerous even when you know what you are doing. It's outright deadly when you think you know what you're doing but don't have a clue.
Any time spent helping your partner achieve his goals is time not crushing your projects.
This climber was experienced, too. Just shows that you can't be too careful when you climb.
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This anchorless belay relied on bodyweight and broke all the rules in the book, including some that weren't even in there.
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The Australian style of rappel might be fine if you are being shot at, but for climbing it's a very unnecessary risk.
Webbing may cost less than climbing rope, but it doesn't stretch and belay devices aren't designed for it. It seems self apparent that you should only climb on an actual climbing rope, but not everyone has gotten the message.
More risky behavior, as if climbing the proper way isn't dangerous enough.
Not only was the belayer unanchored, another climber sharing the ledge wasn't roped in. If the nut had pulled ...
It was a double-rope rappel, but he only clipped his rap device to one rope.
People like to be liked and noticed. But this guy took it way too far.
Always thread the rope through the anchor, not around it.
If a nearby climber hadn't intervened the outcome could have been a disaster.
They figured they knew enough about climbing to wing it, but took a dangerous risk that could have cost them.
A triple package of climbing blunders, near misses and outright stupidity.
Bad form all the way around, and not the safest/smartest maneuver.
Might as well be soloing with this belayer completely out to lunch.
They needed to be prepared for disaster. Fortunately, a real climber stepped in.
A tossed rock and a lost belay would have killed this leader if not for a miraculous landing among the boulders.
He didn't know how to pass a knot toproping with two ropes tied together, so he just took her off belay.