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

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10b4me

Boulder climber
Somewhere on 395
Jan 10, 2013 - 04:16pm PT
glad to hear that you lived to tell the tale Jim.

Jebus H Bomz

climber
Reno, Nuh VAAAA duh
Jan 10, 2013 - 04:18pm PT
Very cool you listened to that little voice, Jim. It's funny how often it's right.
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 10, 2013 - 04:28pm PT
Nice story Coz. Crusher, Bill Bellcourt from BD is coming to the Ouray Ice Festival. I'm giving him the sling to take back for testing. It broke in an area where there were no previous dings. I did run my fingers around the sling as part of my inspection, I'll post the test results.
Urizen

Ice climber
Berkeley, CA
Jan 10, 2013 - 04:35pm PT
So, Mr. Skeptic, does this make you born again?

Apparently the Lord of Creation intended for you to stick around!
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 10, 2013 - 04:40pm PT
I agree with you Ron. I'll bring some tied slings on future forays in my second climbing career.
The biggest danger for the experienced climber is becoming blasť. Gravity is a constant and there are no angels to catch you.
Karl Baba

Trad climber
Yosemite, Ca
Jan 10, 2013 - 04:42pm PT
Moral of the story NEVER assume that an older sling is good even after careful inspection.

Glad you made it! Still, not THAT careful an inspection as you can see the traces that used to be the color of the sling even in that photo. On the top of Church Tower in Yosemite, and rapping on Space Babble, I've encountered 1in tubular that I could rip in half easily with bare hands, even those it had no tears. I'm pretty liberal about rapping on older slings but completely bleached by uv is another story

Peace

Karl
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 10, 2013 - 04:45pm PT
My bad Karl, you are absolutely right......hopefully others will take note that even an experienced climber like me can make bonehead decisions.
Bldrjac

Ice climber
Boulder
Jan 10, 2013 - 04:50pm PT
Jim, so glad to hear you had a back up. Now you have TWO birthdays to celebrate....seems like that's enough! :-)
xxx
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 10, 2013 - 04:56pm PT
See you at the Ice Fest Pam.
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Jan 10, 2013 - 04:58pm PT
Dang, Jim!
Don't die yet, we have to do the NIAD together one of these days!,
Forest

Trad climber
Lafayette, CO
Jan 10, 2013 - 05:03pm PT
One of the first things the locals taught me when I moved to Tucson was that webbing dies incredibly quickly there in the sun. If there's visible fading, or the webbing is crunchy at all, it's absolutely not trustworthy.

People I'd climb with in Yosemite looked at me like I was crazy when I questioned using fixed webbing there.


"The biggest danger for the experienced climber is becoming blasť."

^^ This. A thousand times.
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Jan 10, 2013 - 05:05pm PT
Thank God you are alright, Jim!
It was good that you used that second piece of webbing.

I am very HAPPY I didn't LOSE another FRIEND!!!

Dwain
Brokedownclimber

Trad climber
Douglas, WY
Jan 10, 2013 - 05:11pm PT
Glad you survived a(nother) close call, Jim. Look forward to sharing a rope and glass of wine at CoR this Summer?
Rodger
moosedrool

Trad climber
lost, far away from Poland
Jan 10, 2013 - 05:22pm PT
N00bs!

In my almost 2 year climbing career I have never had a problem an with an old piece of webbing.

Happy second birthday Mr. Donini!
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Jan 10, 2013 - 05:28pm PT
Crap! Happy second B-day

Never hurts to back stuff up especially if it's quick and easy to do eh?
Reeotch

Trad climber
4 Corners Area
Jan 10, 2013 - 05:36pm PT
Good thing you can still throw a good hand jam!

Never let you're guard down . . .
crunch

Social climber
CO
Jan 10, 2013 - 06:13pm PT
Crusher, Bill Bellcourt from BD is coming to the Ouray Ice Festival. I'm giving him the sling to take back for testing. It broke in an area where there were no previous dings. I did run my fingers around the sling as part of my inspection, I'll post the test results.

Hmmmm. Sounds like a random spot on the webbing. You did run your fingers round and this was not an obvious wear point. I'm recalibrating my "when-do-I-add-a-new-sling" expectations already.

Thanks for doing the guinea-pig thing.



So, for your new birthday, did Angela buy you some new underwear......8-)
mechrist

Gym climber
South of Heaven
Jan 10, 2013 - 06:21pm PT
reason number 42 why bouldering is better than tard climbing.
norm larson

climber
wilson, wyoming
Jan 10, 2013 - 06:27pm PT
Well Jim you dodged another one. Glad you did. It's a good reminder to everyone to not be macho about anchors. Sh#t happens and in climbing quite often thats the end of the story. I'd much rather toast your second birthday than raise one to you at your wake. Losing Jay to anchor failure was enough. Back it up!
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Jan 10, 2013 - 06:29pm PT
Play the date of the incident as lottery numbers, you're lucky (and smart for backing it up)!

Maybe a diet is in order?

I'm glad you're safe, man
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