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Weekend Whipper: Ground Fall in Brazil

You never want to take a ground fall, but if you do happen to take one, you can't ask for a much softer landing than this.

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João Marcos Siqueira Silva sent us this video of a ground fall he took on Kriptonita (5.11d/12a), at Falésia do Zé, Luminosa, Brazil, a crag in the countryside near São Paulo.

João told us, “My 0.3 piece popped out of the rock. I still don’t know exactly why—I fell right there twice, and some friends of mine as well, and it didn’t pop any other times. Maybe I placed it slightly wrong, or I was too confident.”

He said he fell “magically” onto a soft pile of sticks and brush. His only injuries were a couple blisters on his fingers from grabbing onto the rope during the fall.

But neither the shock of the ground fall nor the blisters were enough to deter João. “The cool thing is that I was full of adrenaline and I didn’t want to let my body cool down, so I just taped my blistered fingers and I went back directly onto the route. I did the first ascent of this 5.12a finger crack. It’s an amazing line, 40 meters long. It starts in this finger crack and goes to some overhanging moves and some laybacking at the end.”

Glad you’re okay João and congrats on the first ascent.

Happy Friday and climb safe this weekend!

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