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Incorrect Quickdraw and Sling Rigging

Posted Jul 12 2013 9:00am
Many in the climbing world were horrified to hear that Tito Claudio Traversa, a twelve-year-old Italian climbing prodigy, was killed last week.  Traversa was on a 5.10d sport climb during a climbing trip with his climbing team in France when the incident took place.

It appears that the quickdraws that were used on the climb were set-up incorrectly. As such, when the boy fell, he went all the way to the ground.

Sport climbing is generally considered to be one of the safer types of climbing. However, this incident is a terrible reminder of how a mistake in climbing can lead to a horrific result.

Following are two videos on rigging mistakes with quickdraws and slings.

--Jason D. Martin
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