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Talk to or look away? Safety errors in climbing gyms

Either there is an immediate danger due to the error, or it arises from another factor (usually a fall).

 

Examples of errors that mean imminent danger:

  • Climber is not fully involved - at the latest when lowering, an accident occurs.
  • A top-rope climber prepares to unhook the deflection.
  • A drain is getting out of control.

In the event of such errors, immediate intervention is necessary! If the lowering process has gotten out of control, you will try to catch the remaining rope. Often the error cannot be remedied from the outside: You are standing too far away or you cannot react quickly enough. Then the rope team has to be stopped by shouting. In the event of a tie-in error, an interruption with the note: “Stop. You are not properly involved. ”If the top rope climber has not yet unhooked the deflection, a stop check is also sufficient. But if there is an acute danger (the diversion has already been unhooked, the climber who is not involved at a greater height), the intervention should not worsen the situation any further. The climber who is not involved will be disoriented at first: Why are people being called here? She will be scared to death: I'm not involved at all! Panic doesn't help her here. The following should therefore “keep calm”. The climber needs short, clear and calm instructions, such as: “Stop. You cannot climb any further. Clip the quickdraw into your rope point in front of your stomach. ”It is enough for the climber to understand what she can and must do.

 

Examples of errors that are likely to lead to an accident in the event of a fall:

  • Longer release of the brake cable with dynamic belay devices.
  • Clearly too much slack rope when belaying close to the ground with the risk of falling.
  • Small children in the fall of climbers.

The decision to intervene depends on whether the accident is foreseeable. A momentary release of the brake hand, which remains within reach and close to the brake cable, or an occasional or even routine upward movement of the brake hand when belaying the tube do not fall into this category, because in both cases the error can be corrected in the moment of a fall. The initial inner reaction gives a helping hand: fright and thoughts like “Ouch; that goes wrong! "make the decision clear - it is best to address it directly:" Put your hand on the brake cable. If your partner falls, you won't get it any more. "