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Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Topic Author's Original Post - Dec 1, 2012 - 09:47pm PT
Don't look below if you are squeamish!!!




This is not a climber finger but it did make me think... I always take of my ring when crack climbing because you just never know...

Anyone got stuck for a while because a ring cammed so nicely?










Credit: Ihateplastic

Credit: Ihateplastic
Ricky D

Trad climber
Sierra Westside
Dec 1, 2012 - 09:54pm PT
Who the hell wears a ring on their middle finger?

Dude was asking for trouble.
ontheedgeandscaredtodeath

Trad climber
SLO, Ca
Dec 1, 2012 - 09:55pm PT
I roll with a simple steel ring. I take it off for almost any activity, including typing. I lose them regularly and just order a new one each time. Those pictures, which I could barely scroll through, are exactly why.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Dec 1, 2012 - 09:58pm PT
De-gloving.

I recovered the body of a woman who drove her car off Tioga.....she was partially ejected and her body looked like that from the waist down.

Grim.

And absolutely! Don't wear your ring!!!!!!! Or a dangling necklace!!!!!!!!!
strangeday

Trad climber
Brea ca.
Dec 1, 2012 - 10:05pm PT
And absolutely! Don't wear your ring!!!!!!! Or a dangling necklace!!!!!!!!!

I wear my ring on a piece of para cord around my neck... I guess I'm screwed.
Capt.

climber
some eastside hovel
Dec 1, 2012 - 10:06pm PT
Worked with a kid in Bozeman that "sheathed" his finger climbing with a ring on.He ended up losing part of his finger.After seeing that I pretty much stopped wearing all jewelry all the time.Even took out my earring that I'd worn fer years.Climbers with nipple's pierced always make me wince.
ontheedgeandscaredtodeath

Trad climber
SLO, Ca
Dec 1, 2012 - 10:08pm PT
I think parachute cord breaks at around 550 pounds, so your necklace may or may not snap before you are decapitated, depending on your particular circumstances.
Chinchen

climber
Way out there....
Dec 1, 2012 - 10:33pm PT
Cragman, was that this summer? I saw them dragging her car back up...that sucked. I think about that happening every time I drive up there.
I lost my ring while bouldering at the Milks, wont have to worry about a de-gloving. My wife would love me to get another.


Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Dec 1, 2012 - 10:37pm PT
No Chinch....a few years ago.

I lost my ring at the Milks too....went back, and lo and behold, actually found it!
strangeday

Trad climber
Brea ca.
Dec 1, 2012 - 10:47pm PT
I think parachute cord breaks at around 550 pounds, so your necklace may or may not snap before you are decapitated, depending on your particular circumstances.

Hmm... I never thought about it that way...although after seven years of sweat/funk and saltwater, I'm assuming its weakened a bit. I'm about due for a new one anyway. Maybe I'll replace it with a dog tag chain, and out of curiosity, maybe I'll put it on a testing rig at work and see what it's breaking strength is.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Dec 1, 2012 - 10:54pm PT
Anything around your neck is a hazard.

A year or so ago, a beautiful young woman who many here knew, died when she took a pendulum fall, and a piece on her rack snagged as she fell, pulling the rack tight around her airway.

A freak accident, to be sure, but still, a sad but eye opening thing for anyone who might want something dangling around their neck while climbing.
MisterE

Social climber
Dec 1, 2012 - 10:59pm PT
I do not - I have always felt that the flesh/metal/rock connection while climbing is bad Juju.

Crazy, huh?
T H

Boulder climber
bouldering
Dec 1, 2012 - 11:53pm PT
This is so improbable. The ring (chain) would fail long before it did anything like OP's photos. Not saying it hasn't crossed my mind tho.
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Dec 2, 2012 - 02:04am PT
I remember a story about someone finding a finger on the left ski tracks at Taquitz...
weezy

climber
Dec 2, 2012 - 02:05am PT
Just don't get married. Duh.
cliffhanger

Trad climber
California
Dec 2, 2012 - 05:18am PT
I saw a picture of a climber who's ring caught something as he fell. The picture showed a blank space on his hand with a few tendons sticking out.

How about a safety ring, with one cut clear thru and 3 cuts part way thru. One that will bend apart and fail before injury to the finger occurs.
Jebus H Bomz

climber
Reno, Nuh VAAAA duh
Dec 2, 2012 - 05:22am PT
I've never worn the ring while climbing. It's pretty hard on both the ring and the climbing.

If I'm feeling the urge, I'll wear a ring of tape to stand in for the alloy. Most of the time, I don't want the rock to know my loyalties lie elsewhere, just in case the illusion of availability might find her more yielding to my suit.
wallyvirginia

Trad climber
Stockholm, Sweden
Dec 2, 2012 - 08:29am PT
I never wear jewelry, just like I don't wear a tie. It feels constraining. Had my wedding band tattooed on instead. Committed! :-P


When I was in fire academy we were told we couldn't wear rings at work. They told us a story about a guy who was hit on the hand by something in a building collapse. No big deal but enough to squeeze his wedding ring into stopping the circulation. Or maybe it was the swelling of the finger? Anyways, he was busy getting people to safety so he couldn't go back out to the truck and have his teammates cut the ring. And so he lost that finger. Don't know if it's a true story or not, but it doesn't really matter, does it? If you're out climbing while wearing a ring and get hit on the finger by a rock, it's no good.
adatesman

climber
philadelphia, pa
Dec 2, 2012 - 09:22am PT
For those needing more convincing, the book One Move Too Many (http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/3928026208); has oodles of examples of this sort of thing.
mrtropy

Trad climber
Nor Cal
Dec 2, 2012 - 10:02am PT
Niel Armstrong also last a bit of finger is a similar way. Just seems and I am sure is so painful.



In the fall of 1979, Armstrong was working at his farm near Lebanon, Ohio. As he jumped off of the back of his grain truck, his wedding ring caught in the wheel, tearing off the tip of his ring finger. He collected the severed digit and packed it in ice, and surgeons reattached it at the Jewish Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.
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