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Old 02-13-2006, 02:35 PM   #1
Peter Queen
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I thought for giggles and grins I would have a go at trying to use the rock wall at my local gym. I had to have 2 assistants help with the guide ropes. Needless to say I did not enjoy myself. :sad: I do not want this to deter me though. Maybe they should train at CF for a month or two first before I try again. One time at another gym some years ago, they did not want me to even get on. The weeny said I was too big. Those who know me by now know that I am not overweight, just a large guy. Where's the justice?!:angry:
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Old 02-13-2006, 03:55 PM   #2
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Try this:

You don't climb a ladder with your arms, don't climb the rock wall with your arms either.

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Old 02-13-2006, 04:40 PM   #3
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While you might only be large, I am certain there is a weight limitation to a) the belay rope and b) the holds on the artificial wall. What that limitation is, I have no clue. All I know is I haven't hit it yet at 220lb. :-)
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Old 02-13-2006, 05:09 PM   #4
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I guess you mean belaying. Keep in mind that the belayer's weight is what's keeping him or her on the ground when holding you (unless clipped into the ground). In a fall, a heavier climber can really launch the belayer off the ground, even in a short top-rope fall (if there's any slack, for example).

A friend of mine only about 10 pounds heavier than I am took a lead fall and launched me up and off the ledge I was casually sitting on. I had anchored myself to a piece but with too much slack (it turns out), and both of us ended up hanging in mid-air, looking at each other! I was surprised at the violence of it. At least he had placed a piece early and didn't fall onto the belay.

Others have been launched up and into overhangs. Ouch! Good times.

Have fun,
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Old 02-13-2006, 07:53 PM   #5
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Don't climb there. They are n00bs. You will get hurt if you listen to them.
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