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Jul 5, 2011, 7:55 PM

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Re: [notapplicable] Death at Rumbling Bald
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notapplicable wrote:
socalclimber wrote:
drector wrote:
patto wrote:
Climbers need to be made aware about the frequency of this accident type and be ultra cautious when rapping

But how do you make climbers aware? I don't tend to tell other climbers about how they might die unless I'm there when it is about to happen.


Complacency kills. That's the root cause of all these belay/rap style accidents that are occurring on a nearly monthly basis.

That is absolutely true. You'd think leading a route would be the lethal part, but the dangers are so immediate that the climber is constantly engauged in midigating them and is more successful in doing so as a result. Unfortunately rapping is the "easy" part where we tend to relax because the dangers aren't in our face like they are while leading.

Unfortunately I don't see an end to this. Climbers these days just are not taking the time to learn the skills necessary to stay alive in the long run. We are seeing this especially with belay accidents. When I first started climbing it was almost unheard of that a belayer decked their partner. Rap accidents happened, but not nearly at this level.

People just are not willing to take the time required to dial themselves in and pay attention.

I've said it a hundred times on this site. KNOW WHERE YOUR ENDS ARE. Take your time.

(This post was edited by socalclimber on Jul 5, 2011, 7:55 PM)

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