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Re: My old friend dodged another bullet-
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2013, 08:51:59 PM »
Jeez Louise... now that would have been a loss - Donini!!!
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Re: My old friend dodged another bullet-
« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2013, 09:48:39 PM »
Yeah, scary how it didn't even break under full body weight. Obviously it was an old sling, but dang.

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Re: My old friend dodged another bullet-
« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2013, 09:53:43 PM »
Looking at that pic of the sling I can tell you I would have backed it up or replaced it 100% of the time. But I'm also very conservative and kind of wimpy.
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Re: My old friend dodged another bullet-
« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2013, 12:03:29 AM »
Not wimpy JBrochu.
Something similar (trusting a single insitu sling) led to a double fatality at Red River Gorge a few years ago.
Is the sling light colored originally or was its original color bleached out by the Sun and the elements?

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Re: My old friend dodged another bullet-
« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2013, 06:39:03 AM »
I never rap on a single piece of anything, so I'm definitely in the wimp camp as well.

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Re: My old friend dodged another bullet-
« Reply #6 on: January 11, 2013, 06:56:45 AM »
looked big time bleached out in the photo. 99% of the time a bolted anchor is less visual impact and better function than nylon. If i have to place nylon it is almost never webbing. Usually I use climbing rope for slings and rings..

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Re: My old friend dodged another bullet-
« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2013, 07:45:17 AM »
I can bet that if I was with Jim, on that rappel, I would of insisted in backing that piece of crappy webbing up.

Having climbed with Jim quite a bit, I have given him grief in the past on being a little too trusting in regard to rappel anchors.

After this incident, he said that he is planning to be extra diligent in this regard.

Jim is still is out there climbing pretty much non-stop, and therefore is exponentially subject to more danger than the average climber.

We rapped of this thing thing 2 years ago, and I gave him some crap on the way down.

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Re: My old friend dodged another bullet-
« Reply #8 on: January 11, 2013, 10:52:29 AM »
I hope Donini lasts until April.. I wanna do some towers with him.. SA, you in ?

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Re: My old friend dodged another bullet-
« Reply #9 on: January 11, 2013, 02:59:15 PM »
John,

I haven't made any firm plans for the Spring. I do plan to go back into the Wind
Rivers in August.

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Re: My old friend dodged another bullet-
« Reply #10 on: January 11, 2013, 03:44:41 PM »
Me neither, but if the hip goes as planned, the maybe some desert action.... always good rehab

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Re: My old friend dodged another bullet-
« Reply #11 on: January 28, 2013, 10:15:49 AM »
On average, it's usually about 20:1 ratio of "close calls" to serious accidents, regardless of the environment or situation.

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Re: My old friend dodged another bullet-
« Reply #12 on: January 28, 2013, 10:17:36 AM »
HUH ? What's a "close call" ?

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Re: My old friend dodged another bullet-
« Reply #13 on: January 28, 2013, 11:46:47 AM »
John,

I haven't made any firm plans for the Spring. I do plan to go back into the Wind
Rivers in August.

Oh God...take me with you!!!! ;D
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