Michele Caminati Survives Gritstone Ground-Fall After Rope Shears

Michele Caminati Survives Gritstone Ground-Fall After Rope Shears
Italian climber Michele Caminati had as close-a-call as it gets after surviving a ground-fall at the gritstone crag of Curbar in England this last Tuesday. Caminati was attempting The Elder Statesman (5.14 R) when he fell, a route that he had sent the day before and was only repeating to have some photos taken. It is clear to see that the rope sheared clean through after sliding down the sharp arete causing Michele to continue falling to the ground. Caminati was brought to the nearest hospital where he suffered from a fractured wrist and broken heel. 

"I saw everything live, I totally remember the accident, I was completely aware of what was happening." Caminati said in an interview from the hospital, "As I fell I got ready to hit the wall, but then the rope broke and I fell onto my belayer and then hit the ground, probably first with my wrist. Fortunately I'm fine, I've got multiple fractures in my wrist, but the operation went well and my tendons are unaffected ... My heel is broken in several places, but they're compound fractures and I've been told it won't need operating… all in all it should take four to six months to get back to normal... yeah!"


Caminati released this video to help raise awareness to the potential dangers of rope shearing and gritstone climbing. 

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