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Chockstone Forum - General Discussion

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That Dropping Feeling

Desk Monkey
27/07/2009
8:36:03 PM
Well, this has happened to me on lead before. But never with my full weight on the hold and never resulting in a fall.... thankfully.
Don't you just love grotty rock.

http://vimeo.com/5476782
(Best to turn HD off to speed it up)

IdratherbeclimbingM9
28/07/2009
12:36:31 PM
Interesting link, and an eye opener when they pan out.
Probably a good thing he was on double ropes, when the lower piece of pro pulled, and with a falling dinner plate in the mix.

~> Also a good thing the belayer was out of the line of fire of the falling chunk of rock, especially since not wearing a helmet.

Desk Monkey
28/07/2009
1:15:25 PM
On 28/07/2009 IdratherbeclimbingM9 wrote:
> Also a good thing the belayer was out of the line of fire of the falling
> chunk of rock, especially since not wearing a helmet.

I did not notice that... good point!

Sarah Gara
28/07/2009
1:35:34 PM
not sure a helmet would make too much odds with that sizable chunk but defo -always wear a helmet...x

MonkeyBoy
28/07/2009
1:49:14 PM
it looks like that rock is only a few meters at best from the belayers head, it was the first thing I thought of as I saw it come away in hand. Scary for the lead and dangerous for both of them

IdratherbeclimbingM9
28/07/2009
1:57:53 PM
It was also the first thing I thought of.

The fact the belayer was out of the line of fire was probably more good luck than good management imo, because if they anticipated the possibility of loose rock falling, they would have been wearing helmets at least?

Pat
28/07/2009
4:38:50 PM
Um, I think they anticipates this happening, I saw this climb written up as the softess climb in the world.
they well and truly knew it was mega choss.
Tris
28/07/2009
4:55:46 PM
The rock that came off wasn't that big, a helmet would have done its job just fine.

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