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Mini rescue question 7-Oct-2018 At 9:00:40 PM Duang Daunk
On 6-Oct-2018 groveller wrote:
>Hi all, turned up to climb a 30 meter grade 8 yesterday to find the following
>A male at the top of the climb belaying a 7 year old boy who had frozen
>half way up. The boy had not been seconding the male.
>My son debated myself lead climbing up to the boy as opposed to walking
>up to abseil down to the boy. After 10 minutes the boy unfroze and was
>lowered down uninjured.
>What would be the best option?
>Ps The boy had no harness but the rope was tied around his waist. I suggested
>to the male that he join and outdoors club.

Joining an outdoors club bro?
Wrong, wrong, wrong dude. Everyone knows that they keep having heavy duty accidents, especially the university ones. Much better to suggest he gets on Chockstone to be schooled, as thereís no end of advice to be had here!

This scenario of yours, itís a classic case of schooling if ever there was one, because now you know not to lead climb up if thereís easier options. Just imagine what you would have had to deal with on lead if the frozen youngster panicked when your salvation was at hand and latched onto you in that location for security!

In the interest of safety this climb should be spray sportified with recessed rings and both the belayer and climber tested on their climbing calls like they do at Kangaroo Point.

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