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

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ontheedgeandscaredtodeath

Trad climber
SLO, Ca
Jan 10, 2013 - 01:37pm PT
I'm glad you are ok!

I've seen a lot of slings in AZ that look shiny white and good to go- until you look at the inside of the knot and realize that the webbing was not originally white.


I think the moral of this one is that if you are going to rap off a single piece of webbing use your own fresh strand.
Michelle

Trad climber
Toshi's Station, picking up power converters.
Jan 10, 2013 - 01:38pm PT
Scary shit! Glad you didn't end up needing a fundraiser!
Gal

Trad climber
a semi lucid consciousness
Jan 10, 2013 - 01:39pm PT
Hey Donini glad you're all right, that is SCARY! Happy Second Birthday!
Powder

Trad climber
SF Bay Area
Jan 10, 2013 - 01:41pm PT
Happy Second Birthday, Mr Donini!! *^_^*

Glad that you are OK!!!!! *phew*



New second birthday...... Does that mean there is an "old" one?! O.o
phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Jan 10, 2013 - 01:42pm PT
Good story and even better news, Jim.

So, has anyone ever even seen webbing that color? I haven't. Which, if true, would mean that the color was totally bleached out from sun exposure.

I hate old webbing, so I always carry a few knotted runners to leave behind at rap anchors.
nutjob

Gym climber
Berkeley, CA
Jan 10, 2013 - 02:13pm PT
Scary stuff. What a gift is this life, and your ability to appreciate it!
Jon Beck

Trad climber
Oceanside
Jan 10, 2013 - 02:24pm PT
tied slings are not the must have item they used to be, but I always have a couple on me. Thanks for the reminder, glad you are fine.
ydpl8s

Trad climber
Santa Monica, California
Jan 10, 2013 - 02:27pm PT
Ugh! That damn UV and nylon just don't get along! Glad you had the 2nd thought to backup on the knotted sling!
High Fructose Corn Spirit

Gym climber
-A race of corn eaters
Jan 10, 2013 - 02:37pm PT
Wow!

Your OP didn't say, did you test the system before taking off?

Anyhow, happy second birthday!
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Jan 10, 2013 - 02:39pm PT
Goose bumps. Blargh.

Happy birthday!
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Jan 10, 2013 - 03:02pm PT
Very glad that Jim is AOK, and looking forward to seeing him at the FaceLift. We've both got the Third Pillar on our list.
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Jan 10, 2013 - 03:02pm PT
Yikes!
Glad you are still with us Mr.Donini.
Thanks for sharing an important lesson,
Back up yur raps people!
Tad
RP3

Big Wall climber
El Portal/Chapel Hill
Jan 10, 2013 - 03:08pm PT
Holy moley! That is terrifying! Congratulations on surviving.
Paul Brennan

Trad climber
Ireland
Jan 10, 2013 - 03:23pm PT
A friend of mine had a similar closr call in j tree in nov. Had just done some obscure route and was about to lower off the fixed sling anchor. The thought crossed his mind to test it.....and the sling ripped like tissue paper. He is from ireland too, where we don't really have fixed anchors. Sometimes annoying, but it negates this particular hazard.

Glad you're ok.
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Jan 10, 2013 - 03:27pm PT
Yikes! Yet another tale of the times we came this close to a meaningless too-early end. Glad you're still here to tell it.
Alpamayo

Trad climber
Chapel Hill, NC
Jan 10, 2013 - 03:29pm PT
Donini truly does have a climbing "6th sense"...I'm not sure I would have clipped the second sling, especially since you said you didn't think it looked all that good!
looking sketchy there...

Social climber
Latitute 33
Jan 10, 2013 - 03:33pm PT
Thank you for this cautionary tale

...and that you are able to relate it to us.
bvb

Social climber
flagstaff arizona
Jan 10, 2013 - 03:38pm PT
So Donini, does that make 7 or 8 of your nine lives?! Glad to see you still had some in reserve...
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Jan 10, 2013 - 03:39pm PT
I broke an old sling on a route on maverick buttress once. I was climbing third and the tr anchor was two pins with an old sling each backed up by a cam. My friend asked how the slings were and I said "okay." seconds later, while adjusting the rope I put ally weight on one of the slings a d it popped I to smoke! Needless to say I pulled up new sling and replaced that on both, anchors!
Be careful out there!
So Donini gets to start over again at 2?
zBrown

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Jan 10, 2013 - 03:40pm PT
Hey Jim:

Happy rebirthday. I will quibble with an earlier statement you made about getting old. This event shows you're not (along with most every other aspectt of your life).

Bruce

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