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Belayer passed out while lead climbing 22-Jul-2016 At 11:34:11 PM Macciza
Not sure how a Munster would go on opposed nonlockers, I would prob just go with a single and be careful ... And I used to usually have a figure 8 with me and would rig it in auto locking mode if I needed hands free at times ...

As to the getting knocked out bit, it almost happened to me once when we were freeing The Citadel. Brian knocked a chunk of rock off that hit me in the back, winding me so much that I collapsed onto the rather meagre belay, gasping for breath and feeling like I was about to pass out. Fortunately I had the sense to rap as much rope around my hand as I could as I was belaying on an ATC. A few minutes later I was able to get myself together and whimper that I still had him on belay and he finished the pitch with me belaying very slowly as I couldn't move my right arm very much. Unable to climb out do to lack of mobility in arm it ended up as a very slow jug out ...

I also once had the leader almost pass out shortly after leaving a MP belay, fortunately he ended up only vomitting profusely which seemed to help regain his composure, the invention of an alternate exit via different routes made the upwards escape interesting but at least easier then continuing on the line we were on...

Ah the fun days ....

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