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Joshua Tree National Park TrailsInland, CA
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A trip to Joshua Tree seemed like a great way to push myself into the next level; a new level of independence. I now have a partial trad rack and I was excited to start leading. I was going to lead only easy routes while I figured out the sizes and placements. This all seemed like a grand idea until we were in an area where someone took a lead fall and pulled out 3 pieces of gear. The climber took a ground fall and suffered head injuries.
I witnessed the event and I was there for the safety meeting n the parking lot afterwards. The conclusion: Gear walks- especially cams, using sport draw can significantly increase risk of your gear moving to an unsafe position. If you use gear use draws made with slings and extend the slings to prevent rope drag and further strain on your placements.
J-Tree rock has an unmistakable appeal but it also has a kitty litter type texture- it hurts to jam and the gear placement has to be perfect.
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