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Oooops, I think I left my ice tools up there...

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JBrochu:
One of the most embarrassing mistakes I've made climbing, just slightly less embarassing than running out of beer at 1am in Toloumne Meadows, was rapping the top of Lower Hitchcock and not realizing I had left my tools planted in the snow up at the rap tree until we had pulled the ropes. I got lucky; as even though we hadn't seen anyone all day, a party that had just finished Cinema came along just as my partner started leading back up and they brought them down for me.

It wouldn't have been a big problem in that spot even if the other party hadn't helped us out, but it could be a really bad mistake in other places and under different circumstances.   

old_school:

--- Quote from: JBrochu on December 02, 2009, 10:32:08 PM ---One of the most embarrassing mistakes I've made climbing, just slightly less embarassing than running out of beer at 1am in Toloumne Meadows, was rapping the top of Lower Hitchcock and not realizing I had left my tools planted in the snow up at the rap tree until we had pulled the ropes.
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I did the same thing about 6-7 years ago. I had a couple of innexperienced climbers with me and I was so caught up in making sure that they had their ATC's rigged right for rapping that I totally spaced the tools. The sad thing is that I told myself shortly before rapping off myself to remember that my tools were buried to the hilt next to the tree! I realized my mistake half way down the rock face...had to haul my butt back up to retrieve them. Haven't made that same mistake since... :-[

tradmanclimbz:
Hec k, i seem to try to do that at the top of just about evey climb I lead. the interval between when I top out  and when the 2nd tops out in enough that in my advanced age i seem to forget simple things like where i put my tools....

old_school:

--- Quote from: tradmanclimbz on December 08, 2009, 10:51:07 AM ---Hec k, i seem to try to do that at the top of just about evey climb I lead. the interval between when I top out  and when the 2nd tops out in enough that in my advanced age i seem to forget simple things like where i put my tools....

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I hear that! I would be kicking my head in front of me all day long if it wasn't attached to my neck!!!  :P

tradmanclimbz:
Theres a reason I try to remember to do a dummy check when I leave an area.... :P

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