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Dec 18, 2013, 7:22 PM

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Re: Need harness advice. Have ostomy.
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First of all, thanks, folks! Your thoughts and concerns really mean a lot to me.

I've emailed with Mountain Tools, Metolius, Gear Express, Misty Mountain, and one or two others that slipped my aging mind. No perfect solutions yet. I'm also going to contact Paradox Sports, who works with people with different disabilities.

When I wear a wetsuit, I have a foam horseshoe I tape over the stoma (taped onto my belly, it does hurt to remove it! sort of a wax job) to keep the pressure off. I think I might try that when climbing. I also just ordered a neoprene "stealth belt" that holds the pouch flat. I usually use a Phoenix or ostoMysecrets belt to hold the pouch down (yeah, I know this doesn't mean anything to non-baggers. But just in case any other bagged climbers are reading this...)

For Dr G, I have had a subcutaneous prolapse of my ostomy for a lot of years with an extended stoma. Created occasional blockages. The revision removed about 6" of bowel, and left me with a much flatter stomach and stoma. I really am concerned only about catching the pouch with the top edge of the harness. Can you get gas bellowed back in? I figure the pouch would pop first. OH, NO, a worry I never had before! Wink

Yes, the harness does pull away, but when it's below the pouch, it can pull the pouch with it. For some reason, this bothers my belayers. Crazy

The Wild Country Summit also looks like a possibility along with the Yates, looks like the area over the stoma would be quite padded. I'm having trouble finding big wall harnesses in Illinois or Wisconsin...maybe the lack of big walls...but I have kids in Boulder area that I visit as much as I can, so maybe next trip west I can try some on.

An ostomate whose adventures are worth checking out is Rob Hill. His site is "". He summited Mt. Everest in 2010, completing the Seven Summits. A real inspiration to me!

(This post was edited by dorienc on Dec 18, 2013, 7:32 PM)

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