When I fell I thought I had just glanced the rock with my head as I dropped, but when I put my hand to my head to rub the bashed area it came away covered in blood! So I asked Laetitia to lower me as I thought it would be best for someone to take a look at how bad it was… It turned out not to be a graze, I’d clipped the end of a bolt left in the rock without a hanger, and the edge had made a small slice in my forehead as you can see above. Not a long cut, but head wounds bleed a lot! Anyhow, after my checkup I got back on and finished the route, correcting my foolish mistake that caused the fall in the first place. (Laetitia’s line up of routes is elsewhere.)
Now some might say, “why weren’t you wearing a helmet?”, to which I’d confidently point out that it would have made no difference at all. I fell on to the bolt stub and as you can see from the location of the injury, it would have happened anyway. What is worrying though is the thought that if I’d been just an inch closer to the rock as I fell it might have skewered my eye! That bolt stub needs to be cut off…
Hey, I’m going to climb in El Chorro next week, and I have 2 questions:
1. If I’m going only by myself, what is the best way to find partners (sleep in a comunal refuje? camping? should I rent a car?)
2. Where did you rent your car from? did they wanted international driving lisence?
1. Probably staying in the refuge in El Chorro is best to hook up with other climbers.
2. We used an on-line booking service to book a cheap hire car, but as above, you don’t really need one as the train is so convenient.
About the car – would’nt you say that it was privillage having a car for travelling around, shopping at Alora’s market, going to a bar in Alora at evening? or the el chorro facilities are enough with all that?
by the way – where did you picked it up / returned it?
Forgot to ask about equipment – I have all the equipment needed (quikdraws, 60m rope, carabiners..), I thought to leave the rope at home and rent one on el chorro, is that possible? or would you suggest to bring one of my own (I remind you I’m coming alone..)
Hi, I’m going to El Chorro this saturday afternoon for 2 weeks. I’m looking for a partner. I’ve a sport rack and rope with me. Can lead up to 6a’s. I’m comfortable with multi-pitch and lead belay. Hope you too. Anyone interested please mail me at anskumail at yahoo dot com.