This past fall, my friends

This past fall, my friends and I were climbing at Smith Rock State Park in Oregon. We're all pretty broke college students so we haven't bought helmets. But some areas of Smith are insanely chossy and spew rocks down. I was belaying my friend on a 5.10 and he had gotten pretty high up above the last bolt when all the rock beneath his right hand just popped off and came tumbling down towards our group. Stuff like this happens once in a while and it really makes you think how dangerous climbing without a helmet is. Even though all of these instances are just close calls, one random day it could be more than that.

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