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Believe me i think i have enough experiece to know whats what in the sport of climing,but when it comes to aiding it's a whole new ballgame. I have a question. When using the aid ladder is there room for failure, due to, it being unsafe. Or if it fails, causing you to fall a unsave disance. My question is using the aid ladder safe and if it is how?


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This sounds like the dental scene from "Marathon Man" ...

PianoMahn: "Is it safe to solo Reticent using dental floss as a lead rope?"

PTPP: "No way! You'd die fer sure, eh?!"

PianoMahn: "You lie! Idiot! You merely spew what you read in books!" (forces dental explorer deep into fresh nerve)...



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Climbing (aid or otherwise) is never truly safe; all systems are subject to failure. Learning to minimize the risks is the fun part!


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The danger in aid climbing is not the failure of the aid ladder, but the piece you've put into the rock. A1 climbing is much safer than any trad lead, because each piece is bomber, and they're about four feet apart. A5, on the other hand, is very dangerous because you have twenty or thirty bad placements in a row, none of which will hold a fall from the one above it, should that one pop. If any A5 piece pulls, you wind up ripping all the lower pieces out, one by one.


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All forms of climbing are inherently dangerous, not usually due to equipment failure but from human error. Just like any tool, aid gear, when not used properly is very dangerous!

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