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JessM way high at the group site B boulders, observe the fantastic spotting.
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TravisMelin
May 2, 2007
JessM way high at the group site B boulders, observe the fantastic spotting.  
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It is a bit sketchy at times. However I have climbed half way up a boulder then and fell on one pad it was just as good as climbing in the gym. Pictures are not everything nor do they show true height. Jan 30, 2015
RhodeIslandJeff
Westerly, RI
RhodeIslandJeff   Westerly, RI
I think what Mr. Shultz was trying to point out was that the spotters were risking injury. Experience has taught me that no spot can be and often is safer.

Fairly tall (12-18 feet), vertical (give or take a little), and a level landing can be best spotted away from the pad only helping a falling climber if he/she is flying off the pad into other obstacles (trees and rocks etc.). Allow the pad to do its job.

Of course every climb is different and a more direct spot might be beneficial (climber is going to fall sideways or fly outwards). If this is the case and the height is substantial than I recommend more pads or waiting until the difficulty of the problem is well within ones ability.

I learned my lesson the hard way by catching an elbow in the face suffering a broken nose and a mild concussion. The person I was spotting landed on the pad as we had predicted and was unscathed. Feb 17, 2013
Oh for god sakes, it eases off up top. This is child's play. It aint bowling. Nov 5, 2009

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