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Topic - Campaign for "Buddy Checks"

Mark Kemball - on 12 Dec 2012
I've just been reading through the thread on the John Long accident http://www.ukclimbing.com/forums/t.php?n=530813&v=1 and feel that the important lesson, which has been pointed out, but is now lost in the middle of the thread, is the need for a "Buddy Check". Every climbing wall now has plenty of BMC notices explaining the importance of this, and I try to remember to do this every time, but I must admit, as I'm sure others will too, to occasionally forgetting - result the risk of an accident. A solution has just occured to me - make "Buddy Check" a climbing call (like "Climb when you're ready"), which you always say to your partner (while checking) and your partner says back to you before you start to climb.

If everyone who reads this thread, and thinks this is a good idea, starts using this call from now (and explains the idea to their climbing partners), we may well have a solution. What do folks think?
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