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Tribute Wall accident 11/09/2018 10-Oct-2018 At 5:00:24 PM One Day Hero
On 26-Sep-2018 Wendy wrote:
>I am about 1.5m tall. If a bolt is at my feet when I clip a bolt at my face, I have about 2.5m about rope out. Add a tad of slack and rope stretch and I'm still going to go nearly 6m if I fall clipping.

This maths is all wack, no wonder you hate falling.

Assuming 2.5m of rope out and waist 0.7m above bolt (propped up on short little Wendy legs), your tiny feet will be 3.2m below where they started when you hit the rope. How small is the belayer if that turns into a 6m whipper with stretch etc?

In a situation where preventing the climber from hitting stuff trumps soft catch, an attentive belayer could suck a metre of rope in as you go, cutting the fall down to 2.5ish metres.

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