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QUT and affiliates sued for $8m Kangaroo Point 6-Jun-2017 At 8:49:46 AM Paul
On 6/06/2017 patto wrote:
>On 5/06/2017 rightarmbad wrote:
>>Being well over 6 foot and bigger than average, I always grab the belayers
>>side of the rope as they begin to lower me.
>>Many people get quite a shock at how much force is required to hold and
>>lower a heavier climber.
>>Especially if they are using Gri Gri's.
>>I have done this since being dropped several meters twice by very experienced
>>belayers that simply had never had to lower somebody much heavier than
>It is sad that you cannot trust your belayers and feel you have to do
>this. Though you are certainly not the only one who does this. (I've
>done this with inexperienced belayers)
>Just shows that experience isn't always a good measure of ability.
>It really isn't that hard to start off locked off with high tension and
>grip and reduce until the climber lowers at a reasonable speed.
>(The Grigri doesn't help with this process but any 'experienced' belayer
>should know this.)

If you have concern about a belayer being able to hold and lower you, would you not be concerned about their ability to catch you when you fall as well?

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