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Topic - Bouldering mats on trad routes

Robbiobaby - on 05 Nov 2012
I'm sure this has been discussed many times before and if there are any recent threads regarding this please point me in that direction.

I was wondering what people's views are on using mats for trad routes?

I don't use one at the moment but I have had a ground fall which could have done some damage.

Do mats change the grade? I have seen videos of hard routes done with mats at the bottom. It feels a little like cheating but I would rather the safety rather than being injured and not being able to climb. When does a new shiny piece of gear that increases safety become cheating?

I am no pro climber or putting up new routes, first ascents etc. Just climbing for fun.
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