Weekend Whipper: Don’t Step Behind the Rope!

The peanut gallery’ll probably have a good time with this one.

By Rock and Ice | November 9th, 2018

Normally when we see someone with his or her foot behind the rope, it’s just barely so. This is the complete opposite end of the spectrum.

Gibson was climbing Plan F, a 5.9+ or 5.10a finger crack (depending on which variation you take) in Red Rocks. Gibson explained what happened in an email to Rock and Ice. “I made it just below the anchors before stepping in front of the rope (like an idiot) and whipping on a .4 cam.”


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And the best part? “I’ve been a climbing instructor for six years,” Gibson wrote. ” I’ve lost track of the number of times I’ve barked at new leaders when they step in front of the rope…”

His advice for any prospective students: “Do as I say not as I do”

Happy Friday and climb safe this weekend!


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