Climber Peter Stephenson
‘I am an experienced climber and wanted to practise before a climb of the Old Man of Hoy in Orkney.
‘I was climbing at an area I know well, not far from my home on the Orkney mainland, and decided to do a new route, one that was a grade higher than the ascent of the Old Man.
‘I decided to climb down and I must have slipped – I really don’t know exactly what happened at that point.
‘I think I hit a ledge below, where my wife Donna was standing, and I broke a leg. Then I fell further, landing face first and smashing my jaw on the rock below, a few metres from the sea.’
It doesn’t matter how experienced you may be, how familiar you may be with the coastline, anything can happen. That’s why I #RespectTheWater.
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