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Poll Option Votes Graph
At top of voice, shout what the F@#$ are you doing 4
Politely suggest there may be a better way 16
Grab a deck chair, pina colada, and be entertained 9
Sheepishly sneak past and ignore you saw anything 1
What do you mean I'm doing something wrong 1
Offer the belayer a knife so he can save himself 1
They're gonna die anyway, so start throwing rocks 3
Proclaim,"No, the humainty", and comando roll away 4

Topic Date User
Shaggys Dilemma 8-Dec-2005 At 11:25:20 PM ShinToe Warrior
Haven't been witness to seriously dodgy practices at the crags, though once at Hardrock I saw a VERY
large woman being 'belayed' by her tiny son at the kiddy walls. and by belayed, I mean that the boy was
pulling the rope through the atc without locking off - just feeding it through by the handful. even if the little
guy did belay properly, I sincerely doubt that he would have managed to hold a fall by his mum. There
were two possible scenarios that would have happened if mumsy peeled off
1/ the fall would have been held due to the kid's hand being sucked into the atc.
2/ natural selection would have taken its course as the kid would have been crushed.

Either of the above would have doubtless won me the grand prize home entertainment system if I
happened to have a Video Camera handy and submitted the cinema verite masterpiece to 'Funniest home
videos', but unfortunately, the self removal from the gene pool of these clusters of congealed rogue DNA
would probably result in increased gym entry fees to compensate for the increased insurance premiums
caused by their dribbling lack of intelligence.

Sod that.

So I reasonably politely showed the kid how to belay correctly, using the TR next to them, whilst
suggesting Mum not be lowered off, and raced off to find a staff member to deal with it, saving me the
aggro of telling the Mum what an utter f---ing idot she was.

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