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This time around, McHaffie was climbing an E6 6a (which translates roughly to bold 5.12 in American) called Honeymoon Killers in Pembroke, Wales. “I’d just done the crux but managed to slip off [on] a bit where you shouldn’t fall,” he wrote to Climbing. McHaffie’s top pieces—two offset micro nuts—ripped, and his quickdraw unclipped from the third. “Shame, as it might have stopped me from the deck,” he said.
McHaffie said he was surprised the quickdraw unclipped itself from the nut, as that sort of bad fortune is usually reserved for much longer falls. (Falls like this one.) Regardless, McHaffie gives his thanks to the belayer, Joe, for slowing down the fall and helping him back to the car. McHaffie said he thinks he’ll be alright, but is nursing a bruised hip for now.
Happy Friday, and be safe out there this weekend.