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  • TNB: My First Epic
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  • TNB: The Top 5 Weekend Whippers of 2014 (Plus the Comments)
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  • TNB: Run, Rabbit - Hermann Gollner, 71, Cranks Pump-O-Rama (5.13a)
  • TNB: Five Best Photos of 2014
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  • TNB: Five Things Every Gym Climber Must Know About Climbing Outside
  • TNB: Still Jeff Lowe
  • TNB: Moving Over Stone With Doug Robinson
  • TNB: Wheels Up—The Top 5 Climbing Rigs
  • TNB: Is K2 The New Everest?
  • TNB: Things—Besides Us, That Is—That Fall
  • TNB: When Homemade Gear Works, Sorta
  • TNB: The Outsiders
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  • TNB: The Best Crag Dogs of All Time
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  • TNB: Silly Places We’ve Slept - Tales of Unplanned Bivies
  • TNB: Forgotten Hero - Frank Sacherer 1940-1978
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  • TNB: Hardheaded Helmet Lesson Learned
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  • TNB: An Encounter with a Legend - Patrick Edlinger, Plus A Whipper Vid
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  • TNB: Next Level? Honnold Pushes the Game on El Sendero Luminoso
  • TNB: Jeff Lowe Invented the Sport
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  • TNB: Storm Years or Typhoon? The Biggest Issue in Climbing
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    TNB: The Top 5 Weekend Whippers of 2014 (Plus the Comments)

    30-Dec-2014
    By Chris Parker

    Finding a good Weekend Whipper is not easy. After posting one every Friday morning for roughly three years, the well is running dry. Then there is the tough audience, who will ruthlessly show their displeasure if the Whipper is unsatisfactory.

    You call that a Whipper????

    As the end of the week draws near, the pressure mounts.

    But giving up is never an option. Rock and Ice is dedicated to bringing you a Weekend Whipper every Friday, so if I have to go 48 pages deep into the dark-hole of a “climbing falls” search on Youtube, then so be it. And fortunately, the Go-Pro revolution and the iPhone directors keep the good Weekend Whippers trickling in.

    But what makes a “good” Weekend Whipper?

    This, of course, boils down to personal taste. Some like a big, clean fall. Others like to see the climber wearing a helmet. For me, the most important factor for what makes a Weekend Whipper entertaining is you. That’s right. You see, I’m a fan of many types of falls—be ‘em big air, ill-considered escapades, or high-ball bouldering falls—but what’s most amusing to me is the interaction and often hilarious discussion that follows in the comments below the vids.

    So, without further adieu, here are the top five Weekend Whippers of 2014, and my favorite comments that followed.

     

    1. How to Survive a Free Solo Fall

    This climber had already lapped Grab Your Balls, which is a 5.9 at a small cliff called Breakneck, in Southwest Pennsylvania. He had even hung a top-rope on the route for others to take a burn. At the end of the day, however, he decided to take one more run on the 40-foot pitch, but this time without tying in. Reaching the technical crux at about 35 feet, the climber grabbed an edge at full extension and began to pull up ... but slipped, and suddenly found himself taking the fall of his life. After the fall, he's unknowingly filmed while he talks about free soloing to a group of inexperienced climbers.

    Favorite Comment:

    "3 words: socks in shoes."

     

    2. Watch the Rope

    Jenga is popular 5.10a at the Birdsboro Quarry in Pennsylvania. The route is steep and featured with dinner-plate jugs protruding from a corner like the wooden blocks of the climb's namesake game. However, when leading through this type of steep terrain, it's important to watch your rope, as this Weekend Whipper demonstrates. While this climber employs several backsteps in order to correctly position her hips closer to the steep wall, she forgets to manage her rope, which continually runs along the back of one leg. Eventually, the climber loses her feet and takes a fall, and the rope catches her leg and flips her upside-down. Luckily, she was wearing a helmet! 

    Favorite Comment:

    "The front of the helmet should be just over the eyebrows. She was wearing it like a yarmulke leaving the frontal lobe completely exposed. Who needs a personality?"

     

    3. Did Your Harness Break?

    A little backyard sport climbing sounded like a good idea ... especially after a few (too many) drinks. But despite the meager height of this home-made climbing wall, this climber finds trouble. Near the top, as he backs down from a perplexing move, he whips ... and lands firmly on the ground. Although the belayer's first guess is that the climber's harness may have broken, this is not the case. Can you spot the ground-fall causing error? Comment below and let us know what really happened. 

    Favorite Comment: 

    "Just SAY NO to plumbers climbing!!! Was that Ron Jeremy???"

     

    4. Bad Clipping Technique Causes Big Fall

    This beginner climber learns a tough lesson. While several feet out from his last bolt, he starts to pump out with the next quickdraw right in front of his face. The seemingly attainable safety is too enticing for the climber and he tries to clip his rope through the taunting biner. But his poor technique and deep pump lead to a chicken-winged, draw-grabbing attempt with lots of slack in his hand ... and he ultimately pays the price. 

    Favorite Comment:

    "He's spaiding. Sport aiding. It's the future."

     

    5. Homemade Gear Gone Wrong

    Armed with wooden blocks wrapped in tape for a homemade rack, this climber sets off to climb Matilda Bridge Crack in Dallas, Texas. Employing an inefficient double-gaston, crack-climbing technique, he climbs above his last piece but realizes he's not going to make it to his next pre-placed block ... 

     

    Favorite comment:

    "Everything seemed fine except he was using [Five Ten] Dragons to crack climb."

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