Incident:Jump w/ rope captured in Jump Trip (Lower) 2020/05/30

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Incident:Jump w/ rope captured in Jump Trip (Lower) 2020/05/30
Date 2020/05/30
Location Jump Trip (Lower)
Severity No loss
Canyoneering-related Yes
SAR involvement No
Navigation problem No
Environmental problem No
Communication problem No
Planning problem No
Skills problem Yes
Body movement problem Yes
Rigging problem No
Rappel problem No
Insufficient gear No
Gear failure No


Above Slick Jump (just below Big Kahuna) a handline was rigged thru two bolts DCL (tied into lower anchor, run doubled thru higher bolt for retrieval from below). Canyoneer used handline to access Slick Jump ledge, having clipped in with tether. Canyoneer unclipped and reclipped tether to harness but caught rope between tether and body. Canyoneer then jumped and pulled rope bag along and was pulled short of intended trajectory.

Fortunately jump did not involve a small target area and rope was long enough to deploy without stopping canyoneer mid-jump. Either of these conditions would have resulted in injury.

Caution should be used with managing (clipping/unclipping) tethers and ropes, even in environments demanding extra caution such as slippery ledges.