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Topic - Portland top roping ethics

Ramblin dave - on 20 Feb 2013
Quick question for Portland regulars...

I know that if you're planning a serious top-roping session on a sport route at Portland (or presumably in a lot of other places) it's considered good practice to run the rope through a couple of your own quickdraws rather than contribute to trashing the lower-offs.

How strictly is this applied? Will you get shouted at if you're just giving your mate a quick bash at a route after you've lead it? If you're climbing with someone less good than you (or with someone significantly better than you, mutatis mutandis) this would mean that it'd almost never be worth letting them "have a go" at a route after you've finished, since you'd probably end up having to climb it again yourself to get the quickdraws back. But if that's the ethic then fair enough, it's a good incentive to keep leading stuff...
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