The air ambulance at the scene at Froggatt Edge. Photo: Edale MRT

The air ambulance at the scene at Froggatt Edge. Photo: Edale MRT

A climber escaped with only minor injuries after falling the full 50ft height of a Peak District crag.

The young climber was finishing a lead climb on Froggatt Edge on Saturday and was about to top out when he fell.

Edale Mountain Rescue Team was called out shortly after 4pm after the incident at the popular climbing crag, north of Calver.

Ed Proudfoot of the team said: “Fortunately for him he had placed some gear, which although well below him, just about took some of the momentum out of the fall before he hit the deck – along with some quick thinking from his climbing partner who was belaying.

“A team paramedic was quickly on scene along with the air ambulance to assess and treat injuries. Fortunately for the climber he only suffered mild leg and back injuries and was driven back to the road head in one of our team vehicles.

“He was then transferred to a waiting land ambulance for onwards transport to the Northern General hospital for a full check-up.”

The air ambulance in action during the Hollins Cross rescue. Photo: Edale MRT

The air ambulance in action during the Hollins Cross rescue. Photo: Edale MRT

The incident was the team’s second of the weekend. Friday 13 May proved unlucky for a young walker near Hollins Cross between Mam Tor and Lose Hill.

The Edale team was called out along with colleagues from Buxton after the woman injured her head when she stumbled.

Mr Proudfoot said: “As team members were deploying the Derbyshire Rutland and Leicester Air Ambulance was able to give the young lady a lift off the hill.

“As her injury wasn’t as serious as first reported, a land ambulance took her to hospital.

“This allowed the air ambulance to become available once more for other incidents of a more serious nature.

“Thanks to the local farm who kindly accommodated a number of team vehicles and an ambulance in their yard while the incident was ongoing.”

The callouts brought the Edale team’s total incident count to 43 this year.

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