What is a FALL?
Fall or falling is exactly what that word means—when a climber plunges off a route and is caught by the safety climbing rope. Some falls, like ground falls when the climber hits the ground, can result in serious injury or death, but most climbing falls are short and uneventful. You let go, slip off, or lose your grip and fall. The rope catches you and usually keeps you from getting hurt.
Belayer and Rope Hold a Fall
The belayer on the ground or on a belay ledge is the climber who controls the rope and holds your fall. Falls taken while toprope climbing are the safest since the climber falls only a short distance before the rope and the belayer catch the fall.
Injuries from Falls
Sport Climbing Falls
Sport climbers, who rely solid permanent bolt anchors for protection, put a lot of air time in when they work on very difficult routes to figure out the moves.
Learn How to Fall Safely
There is an art to falling off sport climbing routes so that you do not get hurt. Read The Art of Falling: How to Take a Safe Climbing Fall to learn more about learning to fall while leading.