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Booroomba accident 19-Apr-2016 At 8:56:32 PM Ithomas
I remember Ken Warners death on Hernes in 1971 so the climb has a history ( he was soloing!!). I wonder at the utility and sense of suggesting 'essential' pieces of gear for climbs like Hermes which have had countless ascents using every type of protection imaginable. I think that the phrase 'is best prorected by a #5 Camalot' is not necessarily true nor useful in the long term. I think that such specific levels of information may promote an unhealthy dependence on prior knowledge instead of an ability to 'nut' out a problem? I am not sure how to make my contention into a general rule because I am sure that there will be hundreds of examples which could make it look silly. Nontheless, I have a gut feeling that we are getting a little too protective in our advice and I say that knowing that a fellow climber has just been hurt on a climb where I am suggesting less information not more!

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