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Rock Climbing Photo: What it looks like when a carabiner catches a lead...
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By Dean Hoffman
Dec 6, 2007
Greg, to add the proverbial insult to injury after my partner and I had disengorged said carabiner from the back of my knee while still hanging from that bomber nut, soloing up that chossy 5-easy around the corner with yellowish goo coming out of my leg and hobbling to the car someone swiped my entire rack! Yup in our haste it was left atop Mayflower and when a buddy got to the ledge 45 minutes later it was vanished! Poof! Lamer than Lame!
By Dean Hoffman
Dec 12, 2007
Just to finish the story, when my buddy got to the top of Mayflower two guys had rapped in and cleaned my piece off the route and said not a word about the rack. Lame. Anyhow finally got back on the route this summer and fired the lead clean, using locking biners on all my gear!
By LeeAB Brinckerhoff
From: ABQ, NM
Aug 18, 2008
I know of something similar happening in a gym, where the carabiner clipped into the climbers Achilles tendon. Luckily the bolts in gyms are close enough together that he was already clipped to a higher one and did not tear the tendon off.
By Aaron Costello
From: Rapid City, SD
Aug 25, 2008
Best "Photo of the Moment" ever.
By Greg DeMatteo
From: W. Lebanon, NH
Sep 15, 2008
Man I heard about this. I can't believe that didn't rip your tendon right out of your damn leg.
By Richard Fernandez
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Mar 29, 2009
Heinous Dean! Glad you're ok, sorry bout the rack, what kids of person climbs on stolen gear? Tatum told me the story yesterday at the forks, burly, great send!
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What it looks like when a carabiner catches a lead fall.

Submitted By: Dean Hoffman on Feb 7, 2006
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Mayflower Direct (5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a PG13 )
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