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jacques


Nov 22, 2008, 10:01 AM

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Re: [ACJ] Risk and Consequence
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Do climbers really understand all of the risks? I doubt it.

If we really look at the consequences and worst case scenarios we can make climbing sound really scary and dangerous. On the reverse side of that if we don't think about it at all it's pretty narcissistic.

I have a different phylosophy. when I began to climb in Quebec, I climbed in area far from everything. Even a broken ankle can lead to death because we are alone on the cliff and in the wood. So, I always look at the consequences before I climb, and make mistake too.

In the accident, the belayer wasn't at an anchor in a position of ABC and the first pro hold, because both climbers will be down the ledge. It is a common mistake and I did it regularly when I belay in sport climbing.

When I am at the sharp end of the rope, I verify where I'm going to fall and I look at my belayer, looking at the scenery as I climbed, with all that slack rope, not in a good position for belaying...this is where it's make all the difference. A belayer who know what to do because he look at the consequences and worst case scenarios in a positive way, he is a more safer climber. As he imagine himself as the one who made the error and found the solution to avoid the injury. So, an accident report is not a time to critic and injure climber, but a time to learn security. One climber said; "if you have time to thing, there is always a solution".

As it is easier to climb than to learn, how can we favors the autonomy of beginner climber? How can we favors the capacity of climber to find solution in case of all possible mistake over climber who just accept the risk that climbing is dangerous and we have to pay for our mistake?


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