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Watch Top Climber Whip and Helmet Saves the Day

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.

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.

The 2017 Petzl Sirocco