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“Forgetting” to clip protection bolts has never been a go-to move here at Climbing, but we’ll concede that such focus is laudable and hard to achieve. This is the second time in three weeks we’ve featured a climber taking a dangerous fall after neglecting—accidentally—to clip a bolt.
This week our clip-skipper is Russell Woo, who nearly nabbed a redpoint of Jugosa (5.12a) in Bariloche, Argentina. Keen followers of the Weekend Whipper will remember Woo from last November, when he showed similar commitment right before a cheese-grating slab fall.
“[Woo] was pretty pumped out and fixated on the final hard sequence before a rest hold,” the filmer, Dylan Harris, told Climbing. “He forgot to clip the bolt, did the moves, and then slipped off when he grabbed the hold incorrectly. As he fell his foot slipped behind the rope and then flipped him upside down for a ragdoll fall. We all thought he would be pretty banged up but he was totally fine!”
Harris said Woo didn’t realize he had missed the clip until they told him after the fall: “He was so focused on the moves!”
We asked, concerned, if the climber looming above Woo presented any (further) risk. It seems the video’s foreshortening doesn’t accurately depict their distance apart, and Harris said they were in no danger of colliding in a fall.
On Monday, Woo returned to the route and sent while hanging (and clipping!) all of the draws, his first of the grade.
Happy Friday, and be safe out there this weekend.