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.