Apr 9, 2011, 8:43 AM
Registered: Apr 26, 2007
I decked one of the first times I was leading trad. I climbed a crack that I had toproped easily before, but when leading it became clear that placing pro was tricky, especially for a noob like me. I messed around, trying to find a good placement, and finally managed to get a nut in. I could see that the placement was really sketchy and didn't dare to continue. I was also too pumped to downclimb, so I asked my belayer to carefully lower me. About 5 feet off the ground the nut suddenly popped. I took a pretty controlled landing, but almost rolled my head into a rock (no helmet).
I think what saved me from injury (in addition to the small distance fallen) was the fact that I knew the piece was bad, and I was at least a bit prepared to take a fall. Years later a friend of mine rapped through the rope ends, fell about the same distance, and broke her back. It took months for her to regain motion in her legs, and her ankles are probably permanently paralyzed.
(This post was edited by JAB on Apr 9, 2011, 8:45 AM)