Surviving Sedona.....January 8th is my new second birthday

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survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Jan 15, 2013 - 06:30am PT
Whatever you do, don't make a pledge to be diligent.

That was aimed squarely at you Jim. heh...
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 15, 2013 - 07:45am PT
Tony, I can't remember where I saw the article....then again, I can't remember when I had a memory.
Randisi

Social climber
Dalian, Liaoning
Jan 15, 2013 - 08:07am PT
Shite, the number of times I've almost died while crossing the streets here in China...

I've got a whole lot of birthdays!
Tony Bird

climber
Northridge, CA
Jan 15, 2013 - 08:29am PT
well thanks, jim, and sorry to be so pointed about it. i guess the weathering of these things is pretty much a wild card.
Don Paul

Big Wall climber
Colombia, South America
Jan 15, 2013 - 08:35am PT
So, no one was impressed by my idea of using uv-resistant polyester for rap slings instead of nylon?
High Fructose Corn Spirit

Gym climber
-A race of corn eaters
Jan 15, 2013 - 08:44am PT
Come to think of it, isn't bandaloop as dangerous as rappel? I suppose it could be if they didn't test the system.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ky1pwD46tqs

Different strokes for different folks. Eh?

I wonder when they will they give a Bandaloop performance on El Cap?
10b4me

Boulder climber
Somewhere on 395
Jan 15, 2013 - 08:47am PT

I wonder when they will they give a Bandaloop performance on El Cap?

It's been done
High Fructose Corn Spirit

Gym climber
-A race of corn eaters
Jan 15, 2013 - 08:49am PT
QT What do you want to be when you grow up?
ANS A bandaloop dancer. :)

.....

It's been done.

Oh, that's right...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=mmoA3pcX3QE

Well, at least in rock climbing, we don't "risk it all" on something so silly. ;)

Someday climbers and bandaloop dancers will have to compete for use on El Cap.

Now that's a thought.
'Pass the Pitons' Pete

Big Wall climber
like Ontario, Canada, eh?
Jan 15, 2013 - 08:53am PT
You cheated death once again!
rgold

Trad climber
Poughkeepsie, NY
Jan 23, 2013 - 11:21am PT
A few posts back I made some comments about not bounce-testing in-situ rap anchors and not knowing anyone who did. This engendered a "discussion" with High Fructose CS.

I recently encountered an account of an ascent of the Supercalenta on Fitzroy that included the following remark:

Max and I took turns to lead the endless abseils, which required care, as many old in-situ anchors blew on the first bounce test.

(See http://www.ukclimbing.com/articles/page.php?id=5222 for the full account.)

Looks as if other people make a habit of this, to good effect.
thebravecowboy

Social climber
Colorado Plateau
Apr 16, 2013 - 02:40pm PT
Thank you, Donini, for reminding us to stay alert and always provide a redundant, make yer mama happy, backup to any suspect anchor (especially ez and reasonable for raps).

A fellow from SLC just plummeted 60 feet in a technical canyon near Hanksville known as Constrychnine. He was 1/3 of the way down a 90' rap that the six people before him had safely completed. The webbing (unclear whether 1" or 11/16"or what) parted near the quicklink and he hit the ground, fracturing his pelvis, ankles, and more. The last man on the rap had a SPOT, re-rigged, rapped, and headed downcanyon to call in the cavalry. Now, this is not something you really want to do in Wayne County. I have heard nightmare stories about the local Wayne Co. SAR team showing up in loafers, failing to carry sufficient anti-seizure meds for members of their own team, rapping into the depths of a canyon for a rescue without the knowledge required to safely ascend the rope and self-extricate. Ultimately some hours later, a chopper from Page hauled the injured guy out to Grand Junction Regional. EDIT: FWIW, the SAR volunteers that showed up to this recent (4/15/13) accident were apparently great. Cheers to them!

I sure hope the guy that got hurt heals well.

Let's be ultra-vigilant folks, let's KNOTT trust fixed soft-goods, or at least test them full-body weight with a backup prior to committing. Thanks Donini, again, for the reminder to CYA!
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