Re: Rapelling Recommendation
Bob Taschler (bob_taschler@PUBLICITAS-USA.COM)
Mon, 3 Jun 1996 12:55:46 -0600
I asked fellow scouter who is an experienced rock climber
about the guidelines previously described. He has worked for
Campmor, has plenty of access to information and really
knows his stuff. The following was his response:
I'm not sure what sort of references they were referring to,
but that's got to be one of the stupidest things I've heard.
First the bowline is NEVER used in climbing. And while
/shoulder harnesses/ are often recommended they are rarely
used for anyone except small children. As for their other
comments, they clearly show a lack of understanding for
basic rockcraft. As for rappelling with safety lines, this
too is a poor idea. A better choice of backup is always some
sort of prussik system or descender. In general it sounds
like these are not the sort of people anyone would ever want
to go climbing with.
Perhaps this should be addressed directly to National.
Does anyone have a good contact there?
Bob Taschler, ASM, Troop 88, Waldwick, NJ
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City