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How many time have you hit the ground falling off 13-May-2013 At 11:25:20 AM Mike Bee
Twice for me.
Once was sport climbing at Norton Summit. I was teaching my girlfriend about the concept of a dynamic belay, and I took a jump to give her the experience of catching a bigish fall. Turns out that between a stretchy rope, a touch of slack, being at the bolt above, and her being 15kg lighter meant that I fell about 3m further than when I've taken that fall while climbing with more experienced, heavier belayers. I didn't touch the ground exactly because I was in a sitting position, but I could stand up from where I stopped. Sarah ended up at the first bolt (her feet at head height). It would have been a soft landing, regardless.

The second was a couple of years earlier (Feb 2009). I'd been trad climbing for just less than a year, and had managed a couple of 17s at Araps. I was planning to take a mate up Kaiser, but I didn't check the guide book properly and jumped on a chalked up line in the nearby area.
Turns out the climb was No Future, and that it's pretty damn hard for somone who had led 2 17s ever. Also turns out that it has a habit of spitting out gear as well as leaders. I ripped 4 pieces (two nuts unzipped from the bottom) and decked from 9m up (later measured with a tape measure). Fuched up my left ankle pretty good, and scared the crap out of myself and my family.

I put in a lot more gear these days, and normally double up before cruxes, and I'm quite obsessed with multidirectional pieces down low too.

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