/ good technique to minimise injury risk on falling off climb
Haven't had many falls yet, but I would think
relaxing and not grabbing anything in a panic
- quickdraws for example [nasty injury pics warning] http://www.chockstone.org/Forum/Forum.asp?Action=Display&ForumID=5&MessageID=2851&Replie...
I'm always a bit worried with holding the rope in my teeth while pulling it up to clip in, that could end badly...
If you push out doesnt that risk pulling gear out too when the rope tightens?
> I'm always a bit worried with holding the rope in my teeth while pulling it up to clip in, that could end badly...
A guy called Bish McArra fell of a route on Loudon Hill just as he'd clenched the rope between his teeth to pull out a bit more slack. He lost two of them.
eek sounds nasty!
> - quickdraws for example [nasty injury pics warning] http://www.chockstone.org/Forum/Forum.asp?Action=Display&ForumID=5&MessageID=2851&Replie...
I didn't want to click on that, and there was a suitable warning, but for some reason I did anyway...shudder.
Ha ha. Sounds like the Bish I remember from the 80's. A real character.
Seem to remember staying with him on the way to the Ben back in the day.
All an alcoholic fuzz!
> If you push out doesnt that risk pulling gear out too when the rope tightens?
It kind of happens automatically, you don't usually need to actively jump outward unless you really need to miss something (in which case you screwed up your risk assessment).
One way to avoid injury is to make sure your belayer knows how to give you a soft belay; not too stingy with the rope if you can afford it. That will also help with not pulling the gear out.
This is one of the reasons why it is often better to clip gear at chest level or even waist level.
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