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Re: Climber lowered off end of rope
« Reply #15 on: March 14, 2011, 08:26:58 PM »
I'm still alive 'cause my main partners and I value a goood belay. It's not negotiable...... ever.

Hard to argue that point....
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Re: Climber lowered off end of rope
« Reply #16 on: March 14, 2011, 08:48:15 PM »
t's not negotiable...... ever.

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Re: Climber lowered off end of rope
« Reply #17 on: March 14, 2011, 09:56:27 PM »
I just poured myself a beer-

I know a "very experienced" NH guide who I would not trust to wash my fucking van. 30 years and he doesn't know shit. I gave him shit back in the early 80's and he still didn't learn.

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   I think I Have run into this same guide.   My partner and I were at the base of Dracula and he lowered two clients down on us (Completely poaching the route)!  Client #1  harness one leg loop completely undone the other not double backed!  client #2 mis tied figure8 and no backup knot.  F*&^%ing minor details I know!  There is no excuse for shitty belays or slack attitudes out there.   What we do is dangerous.  When you take or give the rope to another person you enter a sort of sacred trust.  With another human life as the bargaining chip.  Nothing to be taken lightly.  I feel bad for this women but it does serve as a sobering reminder. 

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Re: Climber lowered off end of rope
« Reply #18 on: March 15, 2011, 10:28:07 AM »
Well that was fun....

On a similar situation, I know a guy who insisted his rope was long enough to lower- it wasn't. he worked for a rope company at the time and has climbed for 30+ years. Still should  have had a knot.

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Re: Climber lowered off end of rope
« Reply #19 on: March 15, 2011, 05:18:43 PM »
Good thing John has never been opinionated!!!!! However I do agree with him. There are some things that are just not acceptable.

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Re: Climber lowered off end of rope
« Reply #20 on: March 15, 2011, 06:05:09 PM »
I'M sorry, but as soon as she was done spoon feeding me and helping me wipe I would have tied the knot around her neck. That would stop the rope from going though the belay. I'm just sayin.

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Re: Climber lowered off end of rope
« Reply #21 on: March 15, 2011, 06:44:51 PM »
AH, the famous double noose knot !  Not taught at most gyms

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Re: Climber lowered off end of rope
« Reply #22 on: March 15, 2011, 06:51:48 PM »
Seems there was a typo...

Quote from: the story
"How many people will have to die before safe bolt anchor practices become standard?"
Quote from: what the story should have said
"How many people will have to die before safe belaying practices become standard?"

It must have been a typo, right?!?

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Re: Climber lowered off end of rope
« Reply #23 on: March 15, 2011, 07:05:42 PM »
YA a typo  ;)
I'd rather have a good belay off 1/4" bolts than a bad belay from 3/8 any day.

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Re: Climber lowered off end of rope
« Reply #24 on: March 15, 2011, 07:25:46 PM »
Again I'm sorry, but the part that got me was She made note of where on his body he hit the rock so she could give attention to those places. OK, so if those observations could be made with such quick reaction then what was going on before when she should have been watching for the rope? Her head was so far up her ass she needs a window where her bellybutton is.

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Re: Climber lowered off end of rope
« Reply #25 on: March 15, 2011, 09:04:17 PM »
Maybe she found out about his bachelor party :o.

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Re: Climber lowered off end of rope
« Reply #26 on: March 16, 2011, 09:36:29 AM »
I can only assume the conclusions she reaches regarding fault are just a personal defense mechanism kicking in. Often there is a ton of second-guessing, soul searching, and personal blame that occurs after bad accidents even in situations where the participants were deemed to have used good judgement. It must be pretty hard to deal with the aftermath of something like this.
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Re: Climber lowered off end of rope
« Reply #27 on: March 16, 2011, 10:21:43 AM »
I know we all need some humor now and then, but I have to say that the some of the comments concerning a near fatal accident seem a bit over-the-top.  If you want to see the comments from a couple of other climbing forums on this incident:

http://gunks.com/ubbthreads7/ubbthreads.php/topics/56206/7

http://www.supertopo.com/climbers-forum/1379530/Help-a-Climber-Round-2

I see plenty of instances of folks lowering partners without tying in or tying a knot in the end of the rope (Including myself). I'm sure if I asked, the answer would be that it's not needed because the climb is well under half a rope.

We all do the right thing nearly all of the time, or we would all be crippled or dead. We should admit though that it is just possible this could happen to any of us some day and take a lesson from someone brave enough to write about their incredibly difficult experience.

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Re: Climber lowered off end of rope
« Reply #28 on: March 16, 2011, 10:42:12 AM »
Sure it's possible that this could happen to anyone... I think a bit of prevention goes a long way though. A couple of seconds thought would have prevented many an accident.
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Re: Climber lowered off end of rope
« Reply #29 on: March 16, 2011, 11:03:25 AM »
One more point- i finally finished reading the Drama Queen's "story". I just could not get through it before.

The f/a team is to blame ? Good thing you didn't have 45m ropes.

Your health plan is to blame ?

NO- you are to blame

Sure it sucks that this happened, but it didn't have to