Weekend Whipper: Over the Hair Lip (5.10a), Suicide Rocks
Jordan Ramey slips off the balancey, layback crux of Hair Lip (5.10a) at Suicide Rocks, California—a crag where many of the Stonemasters cut their
teeth in the 70s.
"He took a nasty swing over 'the lip' partly because his old-guy belayer (a stranger he met on mountainproject.com)
was too lazy to stand up and give him a careful belay, even after he said 'watch me,’” says Jeff Dunbar, who took the video. “Instead, Jordan's unnamed
belayer remained seated on the ground leaning against a tree (in the shade, out of focus) for the duration of Jordan's onsight attempt, despite saying
'I got you' just prior to Jordan's fall."
A softer catch, from an attentive belayer, could have prevented Ramey from slamming back into the lip.
Moral of the story: Be careful when recruiting belayers on the interweb.
"Fortunately, Jordan only suffered a few scrapes and bruises," Dunbar says. "A few minutes later he finished the pitch in fine style."