(By Kyle Henning) Italian climber Tito Claudio Traversa sustained fatal injuries after a 50-foot fall in Orpierre, France. He was sport climbing a 5.10d route with a group from his gym when he fell on July 2. He was airlifted to a hospital in Grenoble and was placed in a medically induced coma. He passed away three days later. He was 12 years old.
Initial details are unclear, but it is suspected that the quickdraws used to anchor the route were placed incorrectly and the system failed to arrest his fall. Plastic devices intended to keep carabiners from turning on their slings may have been the only mechanisms attaching the carabiners to the slings. These plastic devices are not intended to stop a falling climber and may have been the point of failure.
He is survived by his parents Giovanni Traversa and Barbara Sirio.
Tito Claudio Traversa was born in Ivrea, Italy on April 22, 2001. He climbed his first 5.14 at age 10, and completed his fourth 5.14 just two days before his accident with an ascent of Pablo Diretta in Gravere, France.
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