The climber who fell on Arrow is still in a serious condition in hospital. He has apparently improved slightly, and it is expected that a more accurate indication of his condition will be obtained once he regains consciousness.
It is difficult to assess what happened, other than the fact he had a lot of rope out (estimated 20m) when he fell. He thus sustained a very long, severe fall.
Arrow has accounted for many fatalities. Most of this is attributable to the fact that it is popular, hence statistically more likely to host incidents. Also, many people feel comfortable running things out on the easy terrain, where there is not a surplus of 'easy' gear placements. Many people have done the route many times before, hence are confident despite the lack of gear.
Also, nearer the top there is a lot of loose gravel on the ledges, which increases the risk of slipping. Much of this is due to the building renovations undertaken when the cableway was upgraded. There is also some grease and oil that is deposited regularly from the cables, which may add to the safety problems of the area.
Frankly, I think the cablecar makes the climb a lot less safe, but that is my opinion only.
Many climbing incidents arise from when climbers are moving around on \"safe\" ledges, and result from a moment's inattention. Please people, take care when you are topping out.
MCSA Mountain Rescue