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Rock Climbing Photo: Tammy in the lower moves
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By Benjamin Chapman
From: Small Town, USA
Sep 1, 2013
Where's the helmet? Ultimately, it comes down to this: There are rarely good arguments for not wearing one.
By Jason Halladay
From: Los Alamos, NM
Sep 1, 2013
Whoa now. This is the second comment in a week in the NM area chastising the photographed climber for not wearing a helmet. While I can appreciate the point being made, if MountainProject users go around making a "where's the helmet?" comment on every photo of a climber not wearing a helmet, we'll have a ridiculous amount of identical comments and therefore I don't feel these comments are necessary.

As a sometimes-helmet-wearing climber, I like seeing other climbers in helmets but don't get worked up when climbers aren't wearing helmets, especially in well-traveled sport climbing areas where the need for a helmet isn't as pressing. Sure, I realize a multitude of different things could happen in an overhanging sport climbing area but the risk is quite minimal and the situation isn't deserving of a "hey, where the hell is your helmet?!?" comment.

I climbed at Shelf Road this weekend and temperatures were so hot I didn't wear my helmet most of the time to avoid excessive sweating (it really makes a difference to me!). There were photos taken of me not wearing a helmet and I don't need to hear comments about my lack of wearing a helmet. It was my choice not to. And that's the awesome freedom of climbing--we can do what we want in a individual, non-competitive sport.
By LeeAB
From: ABQ, NM
Sep 2, 2013
You could always peruse Benjamin's submitted photos and start slandering hit photos of climbers and possibly even himself not wearing helmets, there are plenty.

Alison was working on a new fad at the Dungeon last time I saw her, helmeted tennis shoe ascents...
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Tammy in the lower moves

Submitted By: Luis Cisneros on May 30, 2012
On this route:
Once Upon a Time (5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a )
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