Originally Posted by Shelldonahue
I know that accidents happen. I am just saying that when you are only 20-25ft up with big pads underneath experienced climbers have a lot less risk, obviously. They know how to fall and, for the most part, have a lot of control.
I am just saying is there are not as many accidents as people are insinuating there are to be.
There are not heaps of accidents for sure. They do happen though. Just like car accidents can happen when driving to the crag. Biggest two sources of rock climbing accidents that cause serious injury are probably at either end of the experience spectrum. 1 = ignorance and inexperience and simple mistakes 2 = complacency and big-time mistakes.
Also, when you say 25 feet off the deck, do you mean your feet are that high up? As soon as you start falling regularly with your feet 8 metres off the deck you start getting into all sorts of interesting times - i remember a friend coughing up blood at the end of a day taking repeated falls off a highball.... Anyway, accidents happen sometimes. I agree that experienced boulderers typically land better, fall better, set up pads smarter, have more intelligent spotting going on, etc. But they are also likely to more often climb high and dangerous problems.
anyway, less blah about climbing accidents, more trip reports?
it snowed to sea level here again yesterday, I haven't climbed outside in over a fortnight. Off to the local bouldering cave, gotta get cellar-strong:
re safety, when someone comes to rm 14 to climb and hasn't climbed there before we give them a quick safety rundown. Takes about 3 minutes. Mostly explaining about avoiding people landing on top of your head, not climbing above people or walking/climbing under people on the wall. Then getting them to jump off the wall from gradually increasing heights just to get used to the pads. Oh, and sometimes we remember to mention warmups and that holds might spin from time-to-time.