Leader Fall injury - Discovery Wall

In 1989, a climber was leading Trauma on Discovery Wall. He took a leader fall, and most of the protection pulled, creating what is called a "zipper" fall. I don't know exactly what his injuries were, but one would expect extensive scrapes and bruises at a minimum.


Trauma is not a route for beginning leaders. It has extremely loose rock down low, and higher up it is still difficult for experienced climbers to place solid protection. There is a tunnel in the rock about halfway up the main corner (right about where the rock starts to get less loose) which can be threaded with a long (double length) sling to prevent a ground fall if protection above pulls.
See the description of the nearby "Zippety-Do-Dah" route in the Rubine guidebook.