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Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Feb 11, 2013 - 04:34pm PT
Glad you made it through!!

Great picture anyway!!
The Larry

Moab, UT
Feb 11, 2013 - 04:38pm PT
What did you call it? No ice axe? Crazy kids.

Trad climber
the middle of CA
Feb 11, 2013 - 05:13pm PT
Yikes! Cool picture, and at least you were roped up so you could die together?

I have a reputation for that sort of thing, to the point where two separate people saw this Park City Utah shirt and picked it out for me last winter.

Credit: limpingcrab
I need an iron.

Your picture looks a little more intense than my mistakes though!


Trad climber
Feb 11, 2013 - 05:59pm PT

It was the South Ridge of Mt. Wallace- in the Vowell group.
The Larry

Moab, UT
Feb 11, 2013 - 06:13pm PT
Thanks Steve.

Sport climber
Almost to Hollywood, Baby!
Feb 11, 2013 - 06:28pm PT
Aim and fire a bee bee gun at a tire from two feet away.

Trad climber
Josh, CA
Feb 11, 2013 - 06:36pm PT

The Granite State.
Feb 11, 2013 - 06:50pm PT
Dating strippers.

Soloing before your skills catch up with your confidence.

Skiing in the BC without a beacon.

The Larry

Moab, UT
Feb 11, 2013 - 06:53pm PT
Brandon, that seems like a good way to gain experience.

Boulder, CO
Feb 11, 2013 - 06:59pm PT
Yeah, lots of experience. though skiing in the BC w/o a beacon is sorta dumb. The rest... not so much

Trad climber
Mancos, CO
Feb 11, 2013 - 07:33pm PT
Zen koan:

When a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make noise?

Corrollary to said koan?

When you survive your own stupidity, was your action really all that dumb?

The answer to both is YES.

Price's corollary:

To learn from stupidity, most actors must suffer as a consequence.

Otherwise, the actor most likely will remain dumb and lucky - and will never know the difference.

Nonetheless, SteveA is reminding me how often it is better to be luck than good.

Who knows how many times we have all narrowly averted the chop through actions that would have seemed hopelessly stupid in hindsight.

And I guess I can prove my own point about not-learning-from-stupidity-unless-we-suffer-as-a result because I can't think of a definitive zinger of my own that qualifies for OT posting. However, given a bit of thought, I could come up with a lot of minor zingers like rappelling on single anchors or without backup prussiks, ignoring threatening weather, setting off half cocked, underestimating difficulty and overestimating ability, etc., huminahumina

P.S. Most excellent: limpingcrab's witticism.


Trad climber
reno, nv
Feb 12, 2013 - 01:32am PT
Get married.
Stay too long.
Get divorced, with a bad attorney.

She did worse though... pissed off the judge.

Oh, but you kind of meant climbing. So then the answer is "experience? what's that...?"
Buy gear.
Post questions on forums. About gear.

Feb 12, 2013 - 07:17am PT
It is easy to do a lot off dumb stuff,even if you are very experienced.
after more than 20 years of climbing experience : didn`t finish the knot before getting lowered off from the top of a sport-climb...hmmm....was after a night of heavy drinking...
last summer in the Alps,on a multi-pitch climb....forgot to clip myself in the belay before starting to belay my wife up to me....noticed it when she was on the last 15 realy scared for a moment or two...thank god she didn`t notice it..

Trad climber
Feb 12, 2013 - 07:52am PT

I totally agree, since I am guilty of making a "few" mistakes, over the years.

When you are young and inexperienced, it is perhaps more dangerous, since you lack the knowledge, gained from years of climbing.

Trad climber
Feb 12, 2013 - 10:46am PT
I cringe at times when I think back...
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