I was bouldering below the Main Cliff at Rumney the other day, looked up at the cliff and saw the most horrifying thing. A guy and a girl were up on the second pitch of Rock du Jour. The guy was belaying and she was leading, about 40 feet out at the second bulge where you hand traverse right on the lip and she was struggling to unclip the single bolt she was attached to. The rope was not clipped to any of the draws below, so she was looking at an 80 foot fall factor 2 onto the belay, bad enough if it was out in space, but she would have definitely splatted. For a second I thought maybe she was bailing and had threaded the eyebolt, but it still didn't really make sense. I couldn't just watch it and nobody else seemed to be noticing,so I said F it, who cares if I embarrass my self. So, I dashed up and called up to them to stop what they were doing and explained that she was on one bolt and close to killing herself. I could never get what they were thinking. They seemed pretty clueless to the danger, yet sure of themselves, (the guy said "I'm on one bolt and I'm fine"
), but she at least listened and lowered down to clip her rope into the draw below. I left them at that to get back to my bouldering. I did notice that she continued on and I could have sworn that she hadn't clipped some of the bolts above along the way. It wasn't like she was even getting up it cleanly.
The apparent utter lack of common sense amazed me. I would think you would have to be severely retarded, with an IQ of 40 to be so out of it, but they seemed normal. They were able to form words and dress themselves. Am I missing something? I can't think of any reasonable explanation of the whole thing, especially since she continued on. This is the kind of stuff that makes me want to go deep into the woods. At least nobody will notice when I do it out there