Re: [dingus] Avoiding upside down lead falls on crack.
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Good advice from dingus.
Take it from someone who has flipped and smacked her head:
1. develop the good habit of being conscious of where your feet are and how it will impact your fall. Pretty soon this will come naturally.
2. ask your belayer to remind you when you have the rope behind your leg. Do the same for him / her when you swing leads.
2. wear your helmet outside! (*Edited to note that I am NOT wearing a helmet in the pic on the left! )
You also mentioned using longer slings in order to prevent yourself from getting the rope behind your leg. The length of the sling or draw should not matter for that purpose. Longer slings are more for preventing rope drag, which you won't have in a straight up crack. And if you are climbing a straight up crack, you can use shorter slings or even clip directly into the piece in some cases.
(This post was edited by wonderwoman on Sep 11, 2007, 8:45 AM)