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


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Trad climber
lost, far away from Poland
Jan 10, 2013 - 02:22pm PT

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!
Riley Wyna

Trad climber
A crack near you
Jan 10, 2013 - 02:26pm PT
Damn Jim!!!
So glad you are ok - that really gave me the chills.

That sling looks old as f*#k though!!
good instincts and a good lesson for us!

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Jan 10, 2013 - 02:28pm PT
Crap! Happy second B-day

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

Trad climber
4 Corners Area
Jan 10, 2013 - 02:36pm PT
Good thing you can still throw a good hand jam!

Never let you're guard down . . .

Social climber
Jan 10, 2013 - 03:13pm 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-)

Gym climber
South of Heaven
Jan 10, 2013 - 03:21pm PT
reason number 42 why bouldering is better than tard climbing.
norm larson

wilson, wyoming
Jan 10, 2013 - 03:27pm 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!

The Granite State.
Jan 10, 2013 - 03:29pm 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

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Jan 10, 2013 - 03:32pm PT

Wow! Glad you're still with us, Jim.

Did you have to burn your pants???

hee hee hee. . .

Social climber
Right outside of Delacroix
Jan 10, 2013 - 03:37pm PT
I hate to rap.
Jebus H Bomz

Reno, Nuh VAAAA duh
Jan 10, 2013 - 03:40pm PT
Man, I keep thinking of how many of us would have been bummed at the alternative.... Jim's one of the strongest voices here, an iconoclast with a heart of gold. I'm glad we're getting a friendly lesson instead.
scuffy b

heading slowly NNW
Jan 10, 2013 - 03:41pm PT
I applaud your dedication to scientific inquiry.
Don't get carried away, though!

Glad you made it through this OK.

Trad climber
Mancos, CO
Jan 10, 2013 - 03:55pm PT
Damn! That was close.

Recent months bring lessons from climbing's best of the best, in all senses. As climbers and as men.

To do a "John Long check" now means:


To threw in a "Jim Donini" now means:


So glad we will visiting the Winds together again.

Trad climber
Leavenworth & Greenwater WA
Jan 10, 2013 - 04:01pm PT
WOW! Close one.
Your instincts took over again.

Santa Barbara, CA
Jan 10, 2013 - 04:05pm PT
The other bonus - you got to keep one of the carabiners!


Trad climber
the middle of CA
Jan 10, 2013 - 04:21pm PT
Happy belated birthday!

I read that most people who die in motorcycle accidents are either inexperienced so they make beginner mistakes or have been riding a very long time and get careless/relaxed. I wonder if that's the case for climbing?

Good thing I'm one of the invincible intermediates!

Sport climber
Home away from Home
Jan 10, 2013 - 04:32pm PT
My goodness, Jim... PHEW!!! (my god... my hands tingled when I read this)

Happy Birthday, and then some! (and then some more.)

mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Jan 10, 2013 - 04:39pm PT
Scary sh:t. Glad your OK. If one old sling is not good what about ten of them. Seems like you are constantly running into crap like that in the needles. It is one time that I think bolting is probably better and more esthetic at the same time. Mike

Ice climber
hartford, ct
Jan 10, 2013 - 04:48pm PT
Damn... makes you wonder how many people lowered off that single piece recently... Is that a popular climb?

the last bivy
Jan 10, 2013 - 05:08pm PT
wow +1 for back ups. this has prompted me to throw out that naggy piece of webbing I carry around for leaver gear. Found it about 3 years ago as someone else's bale webbing. heh .. better to toss it. I am SO glad you clipped the back up.
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