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To: roamer_1

Yup.

Back in the day I owned a climbing school/guide service and was spending around 150 days a year on the rock. I free climbed a bit, mostly 5.6-5.8 and all under 100 feet.

Looking back on that time makes me realize that although freeing a wall is the ultimate expression of the sport, only a precious few should attempt the things that Hollold does... and even then, for a very short window of time.


35 posted on 11/28/2012 8:02:53 PM PST by snowrip (Liberal? You are a socialist idiot with no rational argument.)
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To: snowrip
Back in the day I owned a climbing school/guide service and was spending around 150 days a year on the rock. I free climbed a bit, mostly 5.6-5.8 and all under 100 feet.

Sounds about like me... But I got my notice slapping my hand into a monster bucket hold... I pinched down under the edge of it and was almost fully on it when the hold came off in my hand - I was almost a full rope off the ground (had I been using a rope), and I came SO CLOSE to peeling off... One second later and I would have been committed to that hold and I would have died right there.

And I had been up that wall a ton of times. I knew the route and could have climbed it blind... I had hung off of that chunk many, many times. Ever thereafter, I never went without protection. And redundant protection wherever possible.

Even with pro, there is no guarantee. The first time you ride the zipper is a time of great contemplation. ; )

Looking back on that time makes me realize that although freeing a wall is the ultimate expression of the sport, only a precious few should attempt the things that Hollold does... and even then, for a very short window of time.

While I feel ya, I don't agree. the rope is a drag, and stopping to place pro takes precious time, especially on a tight slab or an overhang - But if one does not use the rope to assist (only there to catch you) the experience can be much the same, and a whole lot safer. My own near miss taught me that anything less is sheer idiocy.

43 posted on 11/28/2012 9:27:57 PM PST by roamer_1 (Globalism is just socialism in a business suit.)
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