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By slk
From Reno, NV
Jul 14, 2012
me

FrankPS wrote:
Is it actually your gym? Do you own it or just feel a sense of responsibility for the new climbers?


You sound like a real turd... What are you 16?


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By FrankPS
From Atascadero, CA
Jul 14, 2012

slk wrote:
You sound like a real turd... What are you 16?


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.


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By Scott McMahon
From Boulder, CO
Jul 14, 2012
Bocan

I still inspect my partner's harness and know everytime. It's a habit my friends and I have stuck with.


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By Kenny Thompson
From woodfords, california
Jul 14, 2012
gorge

Carl Sherven wrote:
How did her partner not notice this? How do you even get the harness on backwards? Seems it would be near impossible to tighten anything down with the buckles in back of you.

Her partner had to buckle it for her


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By agd
Jul 14, 2012
alaska

I've always wondered if those load-bearing gear loops on the Metolius harnesses would ever come into play. This dumb gal sure could have used one.


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By Jake Jones
From Richmond, VA
Jul 14, 2012
Me and the offspring walking back to the car after a day of cragging.

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.


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By slk
From Reno, NV
Jul 14, 2012
me

FrankPS wrote:
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

and I never said I was classy...


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By Baumer
From Boulder, CO
Jul 14, 2012
Easy Lieback

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.


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By s.price
From PS,CO
Jul 14, 2012
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Scott McMahon wrote:
I still inspect my partner's harness and know everytime. It's a habit my friends and I have stuck with.

For sure! Every time without fail for 32 years. Never had an issue.


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