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Weekend Whipper: Now THAT’S a “Practice” Fall!

Do you want to be more comfortable taking lead falls? Mateusz Haładaj shows us one way to expedite the process...

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This week’s whipper is all about safety. Sorta.

“The youngsters wanted to train some whippers,” writes Mateusz Haładaj, the filmer and a climbing coach. Far be it from him to turn down some entertainment, Haładaj picked out a steep route in Germany’s Frankenjura, Mephisto (7c/5.12d), and hung the draws. After a few whips himself, he handed over the rope and picked up his camera.

Haładaj emphasizes the importance of picking out the right route for a practice fall. The ideal candidate is an overhanging pitch—preferably a long one, to keep you far from the deck—with solid protection and an attentive belayer. “Make some shorter falls before making them really big,” he says. Indeed, lobbing a 30-footer with no warm up will feel especially scary.

Happy Friday, and be safe out there this weekend.

Readers, please send your whipper videos, information, and any lessons learned to Anthony Walsh, awalsh@outsideinc.com.

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