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Gotta Trust Yer Belay.......

Gotta Trust Yer Belay.......

The photographer decided to get a joke picture on me. I am a new leader; this is my second lead, done on request because the "middleman" belayer wanted to toprope this highball problem. My partner and I were the only ones who had gear placement skills and he couldn't scramble up back to set it up, having recently broken his elbow, so it was up to me. He suggested I lead up rather than scramble, and of course I was happy to get such an easy opportunity to gain experience. He gave the belayer an impromptu lesson and I was like "Ohhh...kay; I'll just not be falling on this one...." But once I got up to the "falling wouldn't be fun" level, I got a bit nervous. The thought occurred that my belayer would probably not hold my fall if I came off, and you know....once that thought gets thunk, it tends to weigh heavier than a newbie rack chock full "just in case." I asked broken elbow guy to back him up. He laughed and said "What, got trust issues?" He put someone else as backup and said "Don't let go, either of you." And then he must have saw a photo op, because he insisted on putting everyone to work while he went to dig my camera from the pack, snickering the whole time. At the point of the click, I am saying "All we need now is my little dog tugging at the end of the line......" Photo by Curt Johnson.

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