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Near Misses youve seen/or experienced first hand 29-Aug-2007 At 10:36:46 AM steph
Um well the only near miss that comes to mind was when a friend was leading Little Thor at Araps, pushing his grade limit at the time. I think I may have recalled this story before but oh well...

Aware of possible unzipping, the belayer was standing close and the climber was placing gear fairly frequently and carefully. At one uncomfortable point he stopped above a placement and decided to re-jig it a little "just in case." This kind of anal behaviour wasn't normal for him so we laughed and all watched him keep climbing and placing. A mis-footing, a slip and a split second later, he popped off and fell - all pieces popping except for the one he re-jigged at halfway. Sooooo close to a deck fall and we all stood there mid-laugh (belayer included) going "shite that was close."

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