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Jul 31, 2010
So what do you think the odds are of a 160 pound male belaying a 220 pound male on top rope? eh? haha i feel like it could be very bad if he fell. Pablo-Roberts
From Prescott, Arizona
Joined Feb 23, 2010
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Jul 31, 2010
if you dont feel stable then anchor yourself down at the bottom of the pitch for a piece of mind =) CJ Coccia
From Denver, CO
Joined Apr 29, 2010
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Jul 31, 2010
Paul U Roberts wrote:
So what do you think the odds are of a 160 pound male belaying a 220 pound male on top rope? eh? haha i feel like it could be very bad if he fell.


You go for a small few foot ride...no biggie.
Scott McMahon
From Boulder, CO
Joined Feb 15, 2006
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Jul 31, 2010
On top rope? You won't go anywhere unless you let a ton of slack in the system. Chris Plesko
From Westminster, CO
Joined Oct 18, 2007
245 points
Jul 31, 2010
On top rope? No big deal at all. My 100 pound girl friends belay my 200 pound guy friends on top rope all the time. My 90 pound girl friend lead belays me with no problem. As long as they're competent you'll be just fine. Austin Baird
From SLC, Utah
Joined Apr 26, 2009
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Jul 31, 2010
Chris Plesko wrote:
On top rope? You won't go anywhere unless you let a ton of slack in the system.


Or unless you're using a pulley in place of carabiners for the TR set-up--which I don't recommend.

Curt
Curt Shannon
Joined Jun 3, 2006
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Jul 31, 2010
Used to watch Kevin Gonzales (maybe 90 lbs) lead belay Stuart Green (a LOT more than 90 lbs.) at Shelf Road many years ago. Who else recalls that spectacle? Mike Lane
From Centennial, CO
Joined Jan 21, 2006
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Jul 31, 2010
I am 140 and climb with a friend that is 290. Makes you work but not bad. (and he can go up 5.9s) Ryan C.
From Woodbury, MN
Joined Jun 15, 2010
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Jul 31, 2010
In the TR situation described, as long as the belayer had good footing and was close to the wall and under the anchor, I'd not worry at all. If it was an uneven area or there was potential to get dragged, I'd sling someting for a ground anchor. Even a 30-40 pound rock would do.

My first lead fall was caught by a 90 pounder. I'm about 180-190. She didn't go anywhere and it was a hanging belay, 7 foot fall, 12-15ft of rope out.
Evan1984
Joined Aug 15, 2007
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Jul 31, 2010
No problem. I'm used to belaying someone 85-90# heavier than me. When I am lowering him, if I slow the rate the rope is going through device it lifts me off the ground a bit. That's all. Unassigned User
Joined Dec 31, 1969
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Jul 31, 2010
Paul U Roberts wrote:
So what do you think the odds are of a 160 pound male belaying a 220 pound male on top rope?


The odds are 4:1. Next question please.
David Appelhans
From Medford, MA
Joined Nov 11, 2007
140 points
Aug 1, 2010
The Larry wrote:
Damn, How many girlfriends do you have?


I think he's just trying to keep up with the typical American man. See, the typical American man (meaning, your non-athletic, McDonald's feasting, 12-pack during the game type) has 1 woman that weighs 190 lbs. Austin is smart enough to divide that weight into 2 women - which sounds like a load of fun most of the time...but also means that he has to deal with twice as much PMS.
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