Mar 9, 2011, 6:33 AM
Registered: Oct 3, 2002
. it's got me in this mode of "How can I really trust anyone?"
It's only my faith in belayers that is shaken now.
So glad to hear that you are ok. THis happened to me in the gym, with much more serious consequences. I broke my back and it really shook my confidence in all belayers (except my husband and Jen/Gavin). Interestingly, I was able to get back to indoor climbing very quickly. My "head" indoors was great. Outdoors was an entirely different story. I was sketched for almost the entire outdoor season. I categorized the accident in the "bad things can happen when you climb" column. I had irrational/rational fear about almost everything.
Fast forward to today...I am still "aware" of the inherent dangers of the sport, I double check every thing, but, I have moved on. My head is decent, I only climb with trusted/experienced partners and hope that I will never experience that 35 foot free fall again! I agree with Lena, my circle of trust has gotten much smaller.
Good luck, I hope you recover quickly.
(This post was edited by gblauer on Mar 9, 2011, 6:40 AM)