Unbelayvable: A Different Kind of Simul-Climbing

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>>I was belaying my 2-year-old at the gym, and I overheard an employee giving an orientation to two new climbers behind me. The employee said something about climbing at the same time using the gym's autobelays. When my daughter was back on the ground, I turned and saw the new couple about to climb ON THE SAME AUTOBELAY! One of them was using the proper locking carabiner. The other was clipped into a regular carabiner that was only connected to the autobelay with some utility cord. I immediately told them, nicely, that they couldn't climb that way. Later, the manager told me that it was the new employee's third day, and she isn't a climber.—Kristin Re, via Climbing.com

LESSON: Despite how obvious a bad idea this is, I'm a bit at a loss. I'm not sure that there's a lesson for the climbers. They're brand new, so there's no expectation for them to know anything. It sounds like they did the right thing by following the gym's teaching on their first day, and it's reasonable for them to assume that the gym is providing accurate and knowledgable instruction. The failure was in the instructor. I think the lesson here is for gym owners and managers. Your staff members absolutely should not be educating new climbers until they know know these skills in and out. Their training should be thorough, and they should be accompanied by a more knowledgable staff member until it's clear they know what they're doing. Good job Kristin for stepping in.

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Unbelayvable: A Different Kind of Simul-Climbing

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