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Whats a whipper to you?

12:20:37 PM
On 12/11/2007 widewetandslippery wrote:
>JJ, did you do that, if you did I am honestly impressed.


but we were trying to talk Malcolm into doing it when when he was belaying Mancubus on Serpentine. Would've been so funny to see his face as he took the jump.......

1:27:57 PM
if you get a loose catch & look up where you fell from it looks like its so far even if you only fell 3m before getting pulled up, is that what ppl mean by 5m or do you mean 5m of air before you start feeling the rope?

a whipper always makes me think of a hard catch, just by the name. but yeah i'd go anything over about 5m, there's some point around there where it starts feeling a lot more dynamic. maybe its when you get enough time to realise how far you're going to fall, or when you fall far enough to get wind rushing past you.

1:40:04 PM
I reckon it's when you're falling long enough to hope that you stop soon

Which has only happened once to me. On Schwing at Medlow, on the second pitch, which I'd led easily previously. I'd been off work with the flu all week and a total struggler. Near the top the route gets a bit thin, and I was hanging around in shitty positions, trying to get comfortable for the clip. Managed to get a bolt plate on, shaking with fatigue and stupidity. Got the draw on, pulled up a handful of slack. Not strong enough to reach bolt. Pull through another handful, both shoulders (??!) pump out simultaneously and I bailed, noting as I stepped off the handful of rope in my hand. I ended up about 5 or 6m below where I started. It was a soft fall, mostly because Dan broke my fall by braking his knee against the rock, and sliding across the ledge.
1:43:10 PM
Any fall long enough that you have to take a breath to keep screaming? ;-)

1:51:07 PM
12m fall on a 15m climb.

2:27:39 PM
Long enough to start flapping your hands............asked a german mate what he was thinking when he had a 30m ground fall and survived..... "I just flap my arms like this to hit the tree"
2:50:52 PM
Apparently the victory whip from the anchor of Body Count leaves the leader at the second bolt and yanks the belayer 6m up to the first bolt... though probably not if a File is belaying

2:52:21 PM
..or when you start falling, look down and think, gee that gear is long way down, uh oh..

2:53:49 PM
So funny to hear this kind of stuff evanbb.

Its easy to talk it up in cyberspace but I'll come right out and say i recon that a 6 meter fall is pretty freaking big.

I'm surprised that your belayer didn't drop you after braking his knee. Anyone else got any stories like this?

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