This incident happened a few weeks ago. Daughter and a few friends went climbing on a weekend day. She had told me she was going so I just asked her to text me when she got back.
Later that day, I received her text about 4:00 in the afternoon. My first thought was “Wow, you are home early.” And then I didn’t think much more about; she was safe and at home.
A couple of days later I was checking out Facebook. This is what I saw.
That is the hand of one of her fellow climbers. Yes, I freaked out! I immediately contacted daughter to find out what the heck happened. By the way, she didn’t tell me because she didn’t want me to worry.
They all hiked in to the climbing spot. Friend #1 was about 40 feet up the rock. And then he fell. Friend #2 (the hands) tried to slow his fall by hanging on to the rope. He fell on top of her.
They were both injured but could walk – thank goodness! The group hiked out and drove to the hospital. Friend #1 injured his back and had a concussion. Friend #2 had bruises (on her head) and shredded both hands.
Both are fine now. However, I was questioning daughter’s choice of sports. Why couldn’t she take up something like table tennis? How about a nice game of chess?
This incident opened her eyes about safety. And that’s always a good thing.
Daughter recently informed me that she is going to California for spring break. So what’s in California? She is going rock climbing with her boyfriend and a couple of other friends (not the ones injured). She has assured me they are very very safety-conscious.
I certainly hope so because I need to sleep at night.