In the clip below, Jorg Verhoeven takes a whipper on a crack climb in Dream Canyon of Colorado with the rope behind his leg. He is in Colorado for the IFSC Vail World Cup next weekend.
The gear in the crack holds, but the rope flips him upside down and he swings into the rock head first. The strong Dutch climber credits his helmet with saving his head and he walked away with only a sore neck.
Verhoeven did not shy away from admitting his error and talked about it below. Click on the clip to play.
Well boys and girls, this is why you have to wear a helmet while trad climbing… I decided to not be scared this time and place my foot behind the rope, unfortunately the other foot decided to slip in the right moment for me to tumble down the wall headfirst. I guess this is the time to thank @petzl_official for making great helmets, so I only walked away with a a freaked out belayer (@katha_saurwein 😆)/photographer (@jonglassberg) and a stiff neck. Sometimes you have to admit failure 😑. Perfect preparation though for the worldcup in Vail this friday! • @louderthan11
These types of falls result in serious injuries and deaths every year during rock climbing season both sport and trad climbing. Never let the rope go behind your leg when on lead.
If you’re wondering what type of helmet he is wearing, it’s the new Petzl Sirocco.