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Brian coming out of a stem up on Lone Star

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By Benjamin Chapman
From: Small Town, USA
Sep 4, 2013

Looks like a great time for a helmet.

By Weston L
From: Summerlin, NV
Sep 4, 2013

By Xavier Wasiak
From: Las Vegas, NV
Sep 4, 2013

Classic, Wes.

Ben, I gotta ask. Why the personal crusade with the helmets? I'm sincere when I say that I get it, but it comes down to personal choice, right? Are you just trolling or is there a story there somewhere?

By Zappatista
Sep 6, 2013

Xavier, if you check out Ben's profile, he's got 3,000+ contributions. Un-trollish, esp as he's contributed stacks of routes to the database, a step seldom taken by those who live under bridges. You'll notice that every fifth comment is helmet-related, and as you say, it's a gettable point being made. Irony here: my first thought when I saw this photo way back when I was green as grass to Red Rock was: "wow, Tom and Brian are climbing some rad-looking shit! Can't wait to do that one! No helmets though? What a coupla knuckleheads..."

You simply can't account for the vast gulf in personal taste and style. I wear mine because it seems much more likely that I'm going to live long enough to best Wilt Chaimberlain in at least one area if I do. Plus, peeing kidney-filtered PBR on the graves of those less posessed of forethought is an old Irish tradition. Or maybe it was whiskey. As Q-Tip said, "If you're hitting them skins, better wrap it up tight!" Words to live by. Coming from the ground falls-are-rad school, it makes the odds better that I'll live to assert than another top roping spradboy is a candidate for the musical theater all-star team.

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Brian coming out of a stem up on Lone Star

Submitted By: Tom Moulin on Sep 29, 2004
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Lone Star (5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 5c )