GoPro Climber Would Do Anything For Facebook Likes

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First Incredible Story

At a local rock, a guy set up a summit, willing to snatch off the anchors with his tube-style device, and then decided it would be nice to add 25 feet of slack into the system and jump off. His anchor was a single carabiner attached to a strap. But he had a GoPro on his head, so he should have known what he was doing. Right! -David McGee via Facebook

LESSON: While we are sure that the epic GoPro video will generate a lot of Facebook likes, we will not recommend it to anyone. Rope jumping has become popular among daredevils in the Southwest and teenagers in Russia, but both groups face a high mortality rate. Bungee jumping is done with a large, elastic cord designed to catch massive falls. It extends considerably more than a climbing rope. While a climbing rope can certainly handle a 25-foot fall (more if you account for rope stretching), it will not be as comfortable or as safe from a dive. This is the assumption that everything is going well and you are not stuck against an edge or the wall. Furthermore, large traps reduce the life of your rope. And if you are going to cut yourself off a cliff, at least pretend to do so safely by using opposite and opposite binders in your anchor.

Second Incredible Story

A guy waited until he was at the third bolt to teach his girlfriend how to siege. He called “take”. She continued to slacken, pulling the climber-side of the rope with both hands. She would have pulled out enough rope for him to cover if her Grigri had not locked up. The climber saw it and shouted, “No, pull the other side of the rope!” Then he rested and climbed on as if nothing had happened.-Kerry Mcwilliams via Facebook

LESSON: Climbing with an inexperienced belayer can be as dangerous as free solos, or more. At least when you are free solos, you have accepted the fact that nothing is going to catch you. Always make sure your citizen has a solid understanding of the concepts before you start the wall. If you are teaching someone new to the sport, it is good to start in a controlled environment, such as the gym. For added security, use a backup custodian until both you and your investor are confident he knows what he’s doing.

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