By Jake Jones From The Eastern Flatlands Jul 14, 2012
Accidents are a bad thing overall. However, I strongly believe that accidents with the potential for injury that's never realized, are sometimes a good thing. This girl's fall probably scared her enough to either not climb, or make damn sure from now on that she knows how to wear and employ gear properly, in addition to opening her eyes to how dangerous climbing can be without proper instruction.
Also, it's probably safe to assume that at least one person near her that witnessed the accident was either complacent or brand new to climbing (or both) and her accident had an impact on them as well.
Hey SLK, classy comment. I was genuinely interested in whether she owned the gym and what the safety policies are or if she was just a concerned member. But I appreciate you misreading it. And the name-calling is always a good immature response.
Whatever man, if that's genuinely interested I feel sorry for the people you know. Why not just ask those questions in your first post?
"Is it actually your gym?Do you own it or just feel a sense of responsibility for the new climbers?" You sound like a turd here, an that's your whole freakin' post
I teach climbing for a living(indoors & out), so perhaps I'm used to a higher standard, but this strikes me as utterly preposterous. The first few things any new climber should learn are:
1) How to put on a harness correctly 2) How to tie in 3) How to do a thorough partner check (before every single climb) a) Identify closed buckles (both "classic" and "speed" designs) b) Make sure rope is through tie-in points / locking carabiner is through belay loop) c) Check that retraced figure-8 is tied correctly (five pairs, six inch tail) / carabiner is locked with both belay device and rope through it
Only if somebody can do all of this without difficulty and without missing any points will I even think of teaching them to belay.
I definitely see all kinds of stupid shit at the gym (primarily non-doubled-back buckles, leg loops on wrong, harnesses twisted or upside-down), but both the climber and belayer would have to be absolutely clueless for this to happen.