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Weekend Whipper: When You’re Freaked But Your Friend Can’t Help Laughing

Ben gets through the crux, but then starts to melt down… At that point, sports action ensues ?

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No ground falls this week—hooray!  This week’s whipper comes courtesy of Adam Tripp.

Ben Kegan was gunning for the second ascent of the variation to a new route, The Radical Left (5.12b PG13), that Adam had bolted at Lakeview, Rumbling Bald, North Carolina.

Adam told Rock and Ice, “I had just redpointed the route and offered to snap some pictures of Ben on the second ascent—which is probably why he wore those snazzy sunglasses instead of a helmet. He got through the crux, but then started to melt down … At that point, sports action ensued.”

Adam added, eager to preempt any Facebook comments from both the honestly concerned and trolls alike, “This fall is a good example of why you should wear a helmet and, perhaps as importantly, give a soft catch. Ben plans to wear a helmet for the next go.”

Happy Friday and climb safe this weekend!


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