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*Update 12 Year Old Tito Traversa Dies in Climbing Fall

12-year-old Italian climbing prodigy Tito Claudio Traversa has passed away after being hospitalized from a 50-foot groundfall.

Grimper.com reports that Traversa was warming up on a 5.10d sport climb in Orpierre, France, during a climbing trip with his local gym team, which included 10 kids and three adults.  Apparently, the quickdraws used to equip the route were slung incorrectly, which resulted in total failure and a groundfall.

The bottom quickdraws were correctly slung, unfortunately the draws used on the top section of the route were the ones that were incorrectly slung resulting in the groundfall.

Traversa was a young climbing phenomenon from Ivrea, Italy. He climbed his first 8b+ at the age of 10 by sending Sarsifal in Tetto di Sarre, Italy. Just two days before his accident, Traversa climbed his fourth 8b+ – Pablo diretta in Gravere, France.

According to Grimper, the young climber was using quickdraws that another member of his group had recently purchased.  The report indicates that the person assembled the quickdraws incorrectly, passing the clipping carabiner solely through the rubber-band “keeper” attached to the draw, instead of through the full-strength loop of the quickdraw. Unfortunately, the eight bad quickdraws were placed in the upper half of the route that Traversa climbed, and no one noticed the error in time.

Source:  UKClimbing.com and Climbing.com

The following comes from http://www.grimper.com/…UdwIIvT_Sw0.facebook

Google translate…

Despite the ongoing investigation to determine responsibilities, but for the sake of information, the prosecutor handling the case kindly let filter these pictures as a warning for such a tragedy can not happen again. Here is the installation of slings-unimaginable-made by a group of teenagers, which led to the fall of Tito. In order to comply with the investigation, the installation of the draws was conducted by way of example with components that are not implicated in the case. For the death of Tito Traversa not be in vain, we can only remind everyone to be vigilant, the belief in a material more reliable never to take precedence over systematic verification of it and its good use.

 incorrectly assembled quickdraw Tito

An example of how the one of Tito’s quickdraws was incorrectly assembled.

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10 Responses to *Update 12 Year Old Tito Traversa Dies in Climbing Fall

  1. Nic Le Maitre Jul 9, 2013 at 11:33 am #

    This maybe what happened: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kSaTOIlMb4&feature=player_embedded

  2. Warren G Jul 9, 2013 at 4:54 pm #

    Thanks Nic! I would argue that if a products isn’t assembled correctly that is manufacturing error. I can’t see how this could be user error- that is if it was assembled in the same manner as your video.

    tragic accident for certain, what positive can come from it?

  3. Andrew Lewis Jul 10, 2013 at 12:13 pm #

    While this is only a speculative video, it’s not a manufacturing error. If you take your car tire off and put it back on with the nuts on first and the tire over them then it’s a user assembly error.

    If it’s purchased like that in the shop if a sales assistant or person browsing in the shop fiddled with it then it’s a different story, although still not a manufacturing error. Anyway, just speculation as to cause and effect, bottom line, inspect your gear and know how it works!

  4. Chaos Jul 11, 2013 at 9:53 am #

    this is a very tragic incident indeed. i however do not see how you can possibly argue that is a manufacturing error. This is gross negligence of the worst kind by the user. Almost unthinkable.

    • jacques Jul 11, 2013 at 2:03 pm #

      i agree

    • jacques Jul 11, 2013 at 2:06 pm #

      but not unthinkable – this can actually happen when not focusing. You move things around in your bag, things can happen. But for 8 (i think) qds in a row, its very bad user negligence indeed!

      • Deon Jul 11, 2013 at 3:57 pm #

        Everyone seem to miss the fact that “the user” was 12 years old! 12 year olds don’t focus on anything! this is the adult who took them to the crags negligence… Not the climber, even if he could climb an 8b, he was still only 12 years old..

  5. Chaos Jul 12, 2013 at 9:14 am #

    Bottom line is, it has nothing to do with the manufacturer.

  6. andy davies Jul 12, 2013 at 11:47 am #

    This is very tragic. I trust we will all learn an important lesson that climbing is a dangerous sport and simple mistakes can lead to horrific consequences. Please make sure you check your harness, knot, grigri and knot in the end of your rope. And of course make sure your gear is configured properly – question other peoples gear. Falling isn’t the cause of the many accidents, its human error.

  7. Justin Lawson Jul 12, 2013 at 1:17 pm #

    Something similar happened to a firefighter in 2009 (despite being checked by 4 colleagues!).

    “Before the rappelling attempt, four people looked at or inspected Marovich’s rappelling gear: the spotter trainee who installed the “O” ring, Marovich, and in the helicopter a spotter, and another helitack crewperson who did a “buddy check”.

    Marovich fell, unarrested, shortly after stepping out onto the helicopter skid.

    Full article here –> http://wildfiretoday.com/2010/03/04/report-released-on-usfs-rappelling-fatality/

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