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Chest Harness 27-Apr-2012 At 9:34:16 AM BoulderBaby

Cheers for the replies,

People have remarked to me before that 'bouldering is harder on your spine' but for me I don't feel it is that way. To me I don't feel like there is any force on my spine, and I am in control of my core whilst bouldering.

I have an injury called spondylolithisis of the L5/S1, which is essentially the vertebral body of my L5 has slipped forward, as it has bilateral fractures in the pars (Lamina/Spinous processes)
All harness sit in my lower back/small of my waist - and I am paranoid/petrified that when I take a fall/sit in the harness it's causing further damage to my back. - I do do a lot of core/stabilisation training as I had a fairly symptomatic episode and quite a lot of rehab to get to managable pain/pain free.
In my small attempts to lead/top rope again I have found there is too much pull/load through my lower back, and I'm finding the next day I'm in pain. Yes! I've even tried the 'don't sit on the rope' method,but lowering off is a killer.

I think I'm going to give a chest harness a go, or forever I will be a boulderer!

Can anyone show/link me how to use one?

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