Tito Traversa, 12, Fighting For His Life

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darkmagus

Mountain climber
San Diego, CA
Jul 9, 2013 - 02:34pm PT
the frontal cortex involved in decision making and judgement, is not fully developed until 25 years of age

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Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jul 9, 2013 - 02:34pm PT
Dr.Christ wrote: This is really sad. It was a simple mistake with horrific consequences. This sport has horrific consequences and it is easy to make simple mistakes.

Do you have any idea what happened in this situation?


The kid was 12 years old with adults in the group.

What really sad is the climbers here comparing their (trad background) to this situation. Makes me ill.
Dr. Christ

Mountain climber
State of Mine
Jul 9, 2013 - 02:40pm PT
Yeah, I have some idea of what happened in this situation, but I wasn't there so I don't know exactly. I don't think it helps anything to assign blame at this point, other than for others to learn from the mistake.

If someone gets hurt at the crag, I generally blame everyone in the area... which is why I usually leave areas that take on the casual party scene atmosphere typical at many crags... especially if younguns are around.

I think those comparing it to their trad experience are just too deeply rooted in their "trad is way more pure/serious/extreme/real than spurt climbing" mentality... which always makes me ill, regardless of the context.
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jul 9, 2013 - 02:53pm PT
The kids was given faulty quickdraws from a adult who was in the group. He was with his climbing group...the adults blew it this one. He was 12 years and didn't have to die.

The only good that can come out of this is that these people who are with these kids should be qualified and should have a checklist to check all gear before the kids start to climb.
WBraun

climber
Jul 9, 2013 - 02:59pm PT
There's no way around it.

Bob D'A has it right.

A 12 year old kid is under the supervision of adults.

There's no way around it .....
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jul 9, 2013 - 03:03pm PT
"7/5/13 – Tito Traversa, an Italian climber who just turned 12 years old in April and had already climbed several 5.14 sport routes, has died from injuries suffered in a ground fall at the French crag Orpierre. According to the website of the French magazine Grimper, Traversa was lowering off a 5.10+ route he had climbed as a warm-up when eight of the 12 quickdraws on the route failed, sending him on a ground fall of some 25 meters (82 feet). After three days in a coma in a nearby hospital, Traversa died from his injuries.

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.

Traversa did his first 5.14a at age 10 and had completed many more extremely difficult routes, including his fourth 14a just two days before his accident."
Dr. Christ

Mountain climber
State of Mine
Jul 9, 2013 - 03:04pm PT
I'm not arguing with you D'A. At this point, what do you hope to accomplish by assigning blame? Obviously other adults should learn from this mistake and obviously adults are responsible for the kids they take climbing... but pointing the finger at the adults involved in this incident may just result in them pointing a gun to their heads... I know I probably would if a kid died on my watch.

another member of his group had recently purchased

And if that other member was a 12-year old as well... you think hashing out who is to blame on the (impersonal and often harsh) intardweb is going to help them overcome the loss of Tito and the associated guilt they may feel?
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jul 9, 2013 - 03:09pm PT
The "blame" is pretty obvious to me...no equipment failure, nothing to do with trad vs sport and nothing to do gyms climbers/outside climbers.

What I would hope happen is that the adults taking these kids be qualified and use a checklist for all equipment and check all knots.
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jul 9, 2013 - 03:12pm PT
Dr who wrote: And if that other member was a 12-year old as well... you think hashing out who is to blame on the (impersonal and often harsh) intardweb is going to help them overcome the loss of Tito and the associated guilt?


One of the parents of the kids put the quickdraws together that way.

I have loss a child...you never overcome it.
Don Paul

Big Wall climber
Colombia, South America
Jul 9, 2013 - 03:16pm PT
^^ Sorry for your loss.
guyman

Social climber
Moorpark, CA.
Jul 9, 2013 - 03:30pm PT
Sad and so stupid. My condolences to his Parents, Family and Friends.



When I started taking my 12 YO daughter out climbing and I became the responsable one - the whole deal of safety changed for me. I checked everything and did not relax intill we were back at the car.



rgold

Trad climber
Poughkeepsie, NY
Jul 9, 2013 - 03:47pm PT
There's no way around it.

Bob D'A has it right.

Yes, there is no way around it and Bob is right...as far as he goes. My previous post was an attempt to address a (if I may say so) more important question, which is why the adults didn't think to check the draws, how it is that belayers lower people off the end of the rope, how it happens that people start up a route with the rope simply draped through the harness tie-in points, all these things and so many more in situations in which there are no environmental or physical stresses to impair judgement or force hastiness.

The fact of the matter is people make mistakes. All of us have. Those of us who are here to argue with each other are the lucky ones who weren't killed by their errors. This doesn't "excuse" the making of mistakes, but it raises a perfectly reasonable question: how can we make fewer mistakes? That was the context in which I suggested, vaguely to be sure, that we need more fear.
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jul 9, 2013 - 03:53pm PT
Richard wrote: Yes, there is no way around it and Bob is right...as far as he goes.

Wow..that is a little harsh. When adults take children out they are the leaders/responsible ones.

Rgold...I tried to address your questions..you just didn't like my answers.

The adults should have checked the gear. Plan and simple.


Guyman wrote: When I started taking my 12 YO daughter out climbing and I became the responsable one - the whole deal of safety changed for me. I checked everything and did not relax intill we were back at the car.


The above post say it all for me.

rgold

Trad climber
Poughkeepsie, NY
Jul 9, 2013 - 04:03pm PT
Gosh Bob, I certainly intended no harshness. And no my friend, you didn't and haven't addressed my questions. I don't mind your answers, but they aren't answers to what I'm asking. You keep saying the adults didn't check, which is beyond contention. My question is why didn't they check, and that's what you haven't addressed. Not, by the way, that I actually would expect some pat answer to that question, it was primarily rhetorical.

By the way, I think it was said that the adults gave the kids faulty draws. I don't think that is at all clear. Of course the adults purchased the draws, but another kid assembled them, as stated in the Grimper article: "Voici donc le montage des dégaines...réalisé par un des adolescents du groupe..." Whether the assembled faulty draws passed directly from the kid who put them together to Tito or whether they passed through inattentive adult hands first is not known.

This doesn't change the fact that those in charge had a responsibility to check things. But we might also reflect on the fact that they might never have imagined that the draws could or would be incorrectly assembled.
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jul 9, 2013 - 04:15pm PT
Richard wrote: My question is why didn't they check, and that's what you haven't addressed.

You didn't asked that in your post...your questions were gray area to me.

"Rgold wrote: I truly believe we need to find constructive ways to put fear back into the climbing experience. It isn't a tennis match."

Seems gray to me but I could be wrong.

I feel for the parents and the adults who were there...they will never recover from this tragedy but hopefully these groups/gyms will set up systems from this ever happening again.




rgold

Trad climber
Poughkeepsie, NY
Jul 9, 2013 - 04:17pm PT
Bob, to quote the next post, which is the one you found harsh,

My previous post was an attempt to address a (if I may say so) more important question, which is why the adults didn't think to check the draws, how it is that belayers lower people off the end of the rope, how it happens that people start up a route with the rope simply draped through the harness tie-in points, all these things and so many more in situations in which there are no environmental or physical stresses to impair judgement or force hastiness.
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jul 9, 2013 - 04:25pm PT
I agree with that...should have taken more time to read your full post. I saw it as turning into another trad vs sport thing.
rgold

Trad climber
Poughkeepsie, NY
Jul 9, 2013 - 04:31pm PT
Not to worry Bob, my full posts are, unfortunately...full. What they are full of is another question.

By the way, I don't see this type of thing as being part of some dichotomy between trad and sport. But it is connected to what I see as a pervasive casualness about climbing in general. In my limited experience, I've seen more trad examples than sport examples, but the reverse seems to be the case when you read the news.
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Jul 9, 2013 - 04:51pm PT
Risk and climbing.. what a complex topic. Especially when concerning young children for whom their safety is ultimately the responsibility of adults and the tragedy when we fail them is the worst of tragedies.

In the end there is no way to remove all risk. Yet clearly this was an accident that was avoidable. Lots of tings went wrong. Bad design.. lapse of judgement in assembly, lack of checking gear you are not familiar with personally. Perhaps lack of adult supervision

Yep we need to look at ways to avoid this chain of errors. There are several pieces of advice here of which any one could avoid the same problem in the future. I hope this loss may save others in the future.

Regarding risk though. Climbing is a vast sport with myriads of combinations of difficulty and risk.

Sometimes you want to take on the risk side of the reward equation.. other days you want a nice toprope and fun in the sun. It's all available in this sport. I think it's all worth doing at different times when it's what you want to do.

I have no problem at all with the desire to take as much risk as possible out of SOME forms of climbing.. hell I am ALWAYS looking for ways to minimize risk and still climb what I want to climb. Regardless it's impossible to eliminate it completely and we all roll the dice.. some more.. some less.



tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Jul 9, 2013 - 05:58pm PT
I would venture a guess that if the kid involved was not a 5.14 climber that there would have been more/better supervision. The adults possibly are in awe of the kids climbing ability and forget that he was just a kid. Numbers don't mean anything. gravity does not care what the grade of the climb is.

To say that anyone would be tricked by those improperly rigged draws is rediculous. the only other accident i am aware of with those type of draws was a young woman...
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