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Dec 15, 2013, 11:16 AM

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Need harness advice. Have ostomy.
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I'm 60 years old, been climbing for about 15 years. I have a colostomy pouch (if this freaks you out, stop reading and go away now). I've used a body harness since a sit harness rips off my pouch. This is untidy and disturbs my belayers.
I recently had surgery that changed my ostomy configuration. Without going into details, I believe I can use a sit harness again. "Why change" you ask? Have you ever taken a lead fall in a body harness? It's very violent, the high tie-in point slams your lower body into the wall.
So the advice I need is: I'm looking at big wall harnesses because of the wide padded waist belt. I need a harness with the buckle on the left side. My stoma is 4" to the right of my belly button, on my waist line. So the harness must ride high. It's ok to be on top of my stoma, but the edge cannot be below it, or it'll rip off my pouch.
Considering the BD Big Gun, Wild Country Summit, Yates Shield and Big Wall and Metolius Waldo. Has anyone any experience with these? How high do they ride? Imagine a plastic flange glued to your stomach, 2" in diameter with the center 4" right of your belly button. Would the top edge of the waist belt hook under the flange on a fall?
Thanks for your advice! And any climbers with ostomies, I'm happy to hear from you!

(This post was edited by dorienc on Dec 15, 2013, 11:45 AM)

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