James captured some rough footage of a fellow climber decking at the local crag. He writes, “We arrived at the quarry for a day of trad climbing, we sat in the van drinking tea watching this guy go for the full send. He panics, decides to down climb and grabs a cam, shortly to be awarded an epic ground fall.”
“What a spectacle,” James goes on. He concludes, “This is why you don’t grab trad equipment.” We’d qualify that last bit, though, by saying this is why you don’t grab less-than-bomber trad equipment. If the gear is bomber, is strong in the direction you need to pull on it, and you’re afraid to take that fall as you’re cruxing out—by all means grab it. If it’s dicey? Well, that’s your prerogative.
Happy Friday and climb safe this weekend!