Sydney rock climbing gym says autobelay failure caused death

A Sydney rock climbing gym will reopen on Friday after a man fell 13 metres to his death last week when a device that allowed him to climb a wall without a partner, called an autobelay, failed.

Emergency services were last week called to Sydney Indoor Climbing Gym in St Peters to reports of a critically injured climber.

A man fell to his death at a Sydney rock climbing gym

A man fell to his death at a Sydney rock climbing gymCredit:Nine News

The man, believed to be in his 30s, was climbing a wall at the inner-west gym when he fell to his death.

The gym on Thursday confirmed the 13-metre fall was caused by the failure of an autobelay.

An autobelay is a device that takes the place of a person on the ground holding the other end of a rope, allowing a climber to scale a wall by themselves.

The gym has been closed since the incident but announced on social media it will be reopening on Friday.

“All our autobelays have been taken away and autobelays will not be used again at St Peters,” the gym said.

“No other equipment was involved. Out of respect for everyone involved we would ask that everyone avoid speculation.”

The gym said it had undertaken a “comprehensive program of equipment inspection and testing” ahead of Friday’s reopening.


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