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Old 11-28-2006, 08:57 AM   #1
Jon Gilson
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Hey guys,

This past Thanksgiving weekend, I almost killed several of my closest pals in a roadside rock-climbing incident. I thought the lessons might be worth sharing.

Check out for the tale--
"Adventure Journalism".


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Old 11-28-2006, 09:23 AM   #2
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Wow, crazy stuff. Glad to hear everyone is okay.
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Old 11-28-2006, 09:39 AM   #3
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This is an invaluable experience, one has to really live through it to fully appreciate it and make better choices in the future. I have had my share. Just say no to choss!
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Old 11-28-2006, 11:47 AM   #4
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I have a very paranoid approach to climbing. Check, recheck, etc. One of my best friends in college was killed by an improperly setup top rope. You will be a safer climber due to this experience. When you take the step to lead you'll really appreciate the need for the procedures.
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Old 11-28-2006, 02:28 PM   #5
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yeah. i teach climbing safety...and unlike some of the people i climb with, i do as roger does. triple check, ask other people what they think of an anchor, etc.

i think as people push the limits of their fear further, they become complacent about safety involving things that no longer seem scary.

to steal a little line from fight club...

...after leading runout trad pitches, the rest of your life gets the volume turned down...
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Old 11-28-2006, 07:30 PM   #6
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Hey Jon,:yikes:
You had me scared! I saw the title, saw the first few words, and thought you were going to say "and I went to Lynne's house and almost didn't live to tell the tale!"
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Old 11-28-2006, 09:52 PM   #7
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Jon your writing is magnificent. You could write about potato farming and you would have me rivited. I love the story and as a climber have danced on the boundary of complacent negligence myself. Please do some more.
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Old 11-29-2006, 03:54 AM   #8
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oooh. 10 years of bouldering has done nothing for my squats, but at least I'm saved from epics such as that!
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Old 11-29-2006, 07:16 AM   #9
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The workout wasn't THAT tough...

Thanks for the compliment! I assume your last remark referred to the writing and not the complacent negligence.

I'm doing my best to keep the stories coming. As I was reminded last week, I never did publish the second day of the Boston Seminar...

We'll climb a little safer next time, no doubt about it. It's one of those 'hot stove' incidents--you've got to get burned once to realize the inherent danger in the activity.



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Old 11-29-2006, 11:33 AM   #10
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Wow, that sounded way too close.
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