you cant vote never
You can now... guess I didn’t realize someone might vote that way.
Good discussion so far, and the vote is open for 30 days but so far it is pretty one-sided.
I agree about the selectivity issue. As a guide we model putting helmets on during the approach, and leaving them on until away from the cliff. Sure, liability is an obvious issue when guiding, but even in my personal climbing if I don’t wear my helmet on the approach it is packed at the top of my bag and is the very first thing I put on the second I drop pack to gear up. I’ve had size-able near misses at the base of Bombardment, Fun House, Recompense, and the entire Thin Air Face from Saigons to Standard. A dead tree tried to kill be below the North End as well.
As Markvnh said maybe a 16 year old can decide for themselves, I remember climbing Lakeview at Cannon 3 times one summer at 16 years old, never with a helmet... I didn’t know any better.
As for mags, it would be nice to see more super stars rocking lids’, but I’ve never thought mags were the best place to go to learn about climbing safely. Even “Tech Tips” often describe questionable practices. We learn safety from our peers, those with more experience, and guides/instructors. That goes for any high risk sport, not just climbing...