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Sep 2, 2010, 8:35 PM

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Re: [oldsalt] Accident while lowering at City of Rocks
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Socal described it; the leader was being lowered, it wasn't a top-roping situation as usually understood, the OP's language was meant to describe how the second was to be belayed up.

City of Rocks is becoming notorious for having anchors that are more than thirty meters from the ground. Bridwell rapped off the end of his ropes there a few years ago, and there have been other accidents of this type that ended up having more serious consequences.

The whole point of the OP's post was to emphasize the need for preventive measures, and this was done at the expense of an excruciating confession of personal responsibility. That being the case, there really is no subsequent need to burst through doors already open.

We can, of course, take pride in doing things that other people do not when it is the other people who pay a steep price. But anyone who thinks they are immune from a momentary lapse that has tragic results is living in a fantasy which I sincerely hope is never intruded on by reality.

From the appropriately humble position conditioned by this realization, I would suggest wishing the injured climber a full recovery and sending our heartfelt sympathies to the belayer, who learned a horribly painful lesson and whose immediate instinct and generous response was to share a warning with her fellow climbers.

The stampede billcoe describes is only inevitable if we all agree it should be inevitable.


(This post was edited by rgold on Sep 2, 2010, 8:51 PM)



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