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Leader fall on a slab [Oct. 13th, 2008|12:36 pm]


Is there a good way to take a fall on a slab - and to avoid the sand paper effect?
Basically, every time I take a fall more then 2' on a slab it ends the climbing day...
I took a friend out yesterday to teach him to lead, he took a 10' fall and that was that - one hand completely scraped off.
Is there a proper technique which will help avoid that?

Thank you!

[User Picture]From: kinthelt
2008-10-14 01:24 am (UTC)
Push away from the wall. Other than that, dumb luck.
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[User Picture]From: normalcyispasse
2008-10-14 02:33 am (UTC)
Other than don't fall, or push away from the wall when you do?
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[User Picture]From: kijjohnson
2008-10-14 02:58 am (UTC)
Ow ow ow ow. No advice, just sympathy.
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From: blueeyes2
2008-10-14 05:31 pm (UTC)
I can't imagine that you have many falls less than 2', and I don't know any good climbers who don't get a little bloody once and a while.

Is there is a proper technique? Other than protecting vital body parts - nope.
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[User Picture]From: tinyvern
2008-10-15 12:49 am (UTC)
A climber I know who loves slabs swears by the "turn and run" technique... My technique is to avoid the slab climbs.
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