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By John Shultz
From: Osaka, Japan
Nov 4, 2009
Wow. It is really hard to tell who is risking the most! My bet is on the "spotters".

Am i the only one who thinks this is absurd? Not trying to be a jerk: just like to see reasonable safety or at least people risking their own lives.
By sweatpants
From: Broomfield, CO
Nov 4, 2009
I think maybe the picture's deceiving. The climber isn't really that high up. Maybe 15 feet. I think it is unlikely that any of them would die from this height.
By Chris treggE
Administrator
From: Madison, WI
Nov 4, 2009
They are not spotting, they just threw her up there.

Yeah that ridge is tall but most would not consider it highball. Perhaps they are not planning on catching her if she falls though, merely guiding her onto the mat, but hey what I do know about such things.
By sweatpants
From: Broomfield, CO
Nov 4, 2009
It's true Chris, you don't know much about that. Your style is more like 'guide them directly onto a log right in between the pads' as I recall :-)
By Chris treggE
Administrator
From: Madison, WI
Nov 4, 2009
Your foot will never be the same. Sorry buddy. We even had 3 pads including one mondo pad. Oh well.
By sweatpants
From: Broomfield, CO
Nov 4, 2009
lol
By TravisMelin
From: Portland, OR, Roanoke, VA L
Nov 4, 2009
I wondered why no one ever commented on this photo. I think it looks ridiculous.

Also their plan john was to bop her onto the pad should she fall, not catch.
By Tradiban
Nov 5, 2009
Oh for god sakes, it eases off up top. This is child's play. It aint bowling.
By RhodeIslandJeff
From: Westerly, RI
Feb 17, 2013
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.
By Cjib
Jan 30, 2015
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.
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JessM way high at the group site B boulders, observe the fantastic spotting.

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