A climber has been seriously injured and was rescued after they fell 10 metres on Rapaki Rock in the Port Hills.
A person has been seriously injured after falling 10 metres while climbing on Rapaki Rock in Christchurch’s Port Hills.
Firefighters were called to help St John Ambulance rescue a patient on Rapaki Track near Summit Rd shortly before 12.30pm on Tuesday, a New Zealand Fire and Emergency spokesperson said.
The person was in a serious condition and had been transported to Christchurch Hospital, a St John spokesperson confirmed.
Two years ago climber Paul Corridon, 71, died after falling in the same area.
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Corridon’s death in November 2019 led to Christchurch Coroner Marcus Elliott endorsing the New Zealand Mountain Safety Council (MSC) suggestion that climbers should no longer lead climb the route.
The MSC also said the rock’s description by ClimbNZ should be updated, as should future guidebooks featuring the Rapaki crag.
Corridon was an experienced rock climber but had not placed any protection on a climb before he fell 10 metres to his death on Christchurch’s Port Hills.
At the time of his death he was climbing Face Variation, a 16-metre “trad” route – when climbers carry their own protective gear and place equipment into cracks in the rock before clipping a rope in to protect against a fall.