I'm fine, AC, thanks for asking though. Got a bit of a fright, that's all.
I took about a 1m fall on the top pitch of Butterfly. The quickdraw, a Mamba in very good condition (hardly used) broke. Unfortunately, the next protection was a very long draw(the route traverses from the right through an arete onto a headwall). This meant that my fall was stopped by the rope going over a sharp jug and not the draw.
So, there I was in mid space with the rope over a sharp edge and looking in bad condition, having to decide whether it is better to be let down or to pull up. Who says sport climbing is less exciting than trad?
Gustav, who had only read of such events before, assured me that I do not need to go on the same diet as Carl K. He attributed the draw's failure to something called Cross Loading. I'm really not technically minded so it would be better if someone else tried to explain it.
There is a nice photo of Naureen on the route in the photo gallery. I fell from about a meter below where she is and the small feature on the lowest part of the arete is the feature that the rope got caught on.
All is good, though. 5 meters of rope, 1 draw and a slightly bruised rib were the only consequences of this rather dramatic event.
Photo by Roc & Rope
Naureen Goheer going for the second ascent of 'Butterfly', 27 at the God No Wall at Boven. Photo by: Andrew Pedley
What do you think?