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Trapped in Squeeze Test for hours [The Age] 23-Apr-2014 At 12:02:22 PM Dave J
On 22/04/2014 simey wrote:
>It shits me that Louise would say this. That is like saying that we should
>ban climbing at Arapiles because people have had accidents there. I can't
>believe someone who is actively involved in adventure activities recommends
>this as a course of action given the many thousands of people have done
>The Squeeze Test with no drama.
I find it hard to believe anyone is seriously talking about destroying the boulder to minimise risk to park users. Blaming inanimate objects for causing harm to people is ridiculous. But then a few years ago at the Wimmera river, some numpty managed to install a rope swing on an old river red gum and then somehow cut their own hand off trying to use it. The 200 year old tree was singled out as the root cause of the problem and promptly cut down to mitigate the risk.

I think a basic competency test at the turn off to the mount would be a much better way of solving this issue (and would probably make life at the mount a lot more pleasant over the easter weekend). Any thoughts on what would make for a good competency test? Maybe if everyone had to stop off and wriggle up Brain Death before they were allowed to go past Dec Crag. I think that would pretty much guarantee no more Squeeze boulder incidents.

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