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Mandatory Helmets for Pros

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Tradiban · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Apr 2004 · Points: 11,540

With Emily's recent accident I think it's high time to demand that sponsors require their climbers wear helmets at all times. This includes all photo shoots and media. If they are climbing, bouldering, sport, trad, anything they need a helmet to set a proper example.

Please tweet, email, snapchat, fbook your favorite brands to demand they take action to protect the lives of their athletes.

mbk · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jul 2013 · Points: 0

Does the bicycle industry do this?  Genuinely curious.

B G · · Unknown Hometown · Joined May 2018 · Points: 0

sigh* I realize that you're trolling. I disagree with the idea of pressuring pros to wear helmets. So much of climbing is deciding on your own risk tolerance. Do you want to speed climb, free solo, or alpine climb where perfect preparation doesn't guarantee living through it? These are everyone's choices to make.

csproul · · Davis, CA · Joined Dec 2009 · Points: 330

Pro road cycling  did go through a transition. For a long time pros never wore helmets in races. Gradually the UCI started making riders wear helmets until uphill finishes, and ultimately all the time. Since most all photos and video come out of races, the shots you see of pros now all have them wearing helmets. Mountain bike pros, free ride pros, downhillers etc...have all mostly had enough sense to wear helmets.

And btw I know trad is trolling as usual, but I wouldn’t fault sponsors if they did this at all. 

ErikaNW · · Golden, CO · Joined Sep 2010 · Points: 145

Csproul beat me to it. Also technology improved and cycling helmets became more comfortable. I’m not feeding the troll, and don’t see mandatory helmet use as a thing in climbing, but cultures do shift. How did the ski culture shift towards helmet use? 

Mike Womack · · Sherman Oaks, CA · Joined Mar 2014 · Points: 1,974

Trolling or not, I agree with Nick here... When I started climbing, it took me years to get in the habit of wearing a helmet cause climbers like Sharma, Caldwell, Dave Graham, etc. never wore helmets.  I started wearing a helmet when I started trad climbing at J-tree haha!

Benjamin Chapman · · Small Town, USA · Joined Jan 2007 · Points: 13,842

Geez, tradiban...just crawl back in your hole and troll no more. Like BG indicated risk management is a personal choice, not your sponsors.

chris tregge · · Beersconsin · Joined May 2007 · Points: 9,742
Benjamin Chapman wrote: risk management is a personal choice, not your sponsors.

Troll or no, if someone is paying you they can demand you wear _______ (whatever).  

Benjamin Chapman · · Small Town, USA · Joined Jan 2007 · Points: 13,842
chris tregge wrote:

Troll or no, if someone is paying you they can demand you wear _______ (whatever).  

Indeed, the sponsor can make demands, but you make the final choice.

Marc801 C · · Sandy, Utah · Joined Feb 2014 · Points: 65
Tradiban wrote: With Emily's recent accident I think it's high time to demand that sponsors require their climbers wear helmets at all times. This includes all photo shoots and media. If they are climbing, bouldering, sport, trad, anything they need a helmet to set a proper example.

Please tweet, email, snapchat, fbook your favorite brands to demand they take action to protect the lives of their athletes.

In the Emily Harrington thread:

Tradiban wrote: Lol, simuling with a helmet! 
JHCOB, do you have to be a jerk every single day?
Don't trolls get at least one day off a week?
Will K · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jun 2018 · Points: 0

Pros should have to pass gym belay tests and display their tags while climbing outside

Edit: they should lose their sponsorship if using the shuffle technique

Tradgic Yogurt · · Unknown Hometown · Joined May 2016 · Points: 55

Wasn't it Steck who advised that solo without a helmet was way too dangerous to consider because even a small bump can impair your mental ability enough to result serious injury or death? 

Suburban Roadside · · Abovetraffic on Hudson · Joined Apr 2014 · Points: 2,259
curt86iroc · · Lakewood, CO · Joined Dec 2014 · Points: 74

When you see someone on a road or mountain bike without a helmet, usually your first thought is WTF??

it would be cool if climbing got to this point too...

wonderwoman · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Dec 2006 · Points: 93

Next thing you know, NASCAR will require seat belts and airbags.  It's a slippery slope.

caughtinside · · Oakland CA · Joined Nov 2006 · Points: 1,450

This is one of Nicks stronger trolls. It combines helmets, pros, a recent high profile accident and coddling the noobs. 

Eric Chabot · · Salt Lake City, UT · Joined Jul 2011 · Points: 45

I'm surprised sponsors haven't already done this to sell more helmets

Russ Keane · · Asheville, NC · Joined Feb 2013 · Points: 175

Would a helmet have helped Emily?    (*I have not read the other threads*)

Artem Vasilyev · · Portland, OR · Joined Mar 2014 · Points: 95
Russ Keane wrote: Would a helmet have helped Emily?    (*I have not read the other threads*)

I mean, it wouldn't have hurt her as she pinballed down the freeblast. It would have been a useful piece of gear, even if she had ditched it once it became an inconvenience. 


That being said - at the end of the day, its her personal choice not to use one.  
R. Moran · · Moab , UT · Joined Mar 2009 · Points: 140

Okay but can we all use the same methods to petition REI to change this guys name to TROLLIBAN! 

PNW Choss · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Sep 2019 · Points: 0

Agreed. Wearing helmets should be a personal choice for adults but..... if you are paying someone to represent your brand and plastering their image everywhere its really a win win for the sponsor. Children climb also and are highly impressionable. If Mr. Freesolo is wearing his black diamond helmet in all the ads it promotes safety and sells gear. Actually not sure why there's no company already doing this. Seems like a no brainer. Cwhatididthere

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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