[nabs-l] Blind people rock climbing
humbertoa5369 at netzero.net
Wed Mar 30 23:22:04 UTC 2011
Hi, I'm not sure this topic is really appropriate for this list,
unless so many students go rock climbing instead of going to
college! * joke * But you can join a mailing list that is more
related to this topic. It is in the NFB-NET server as well; you
need to send a blank email message to
Sportsandrec-request at nfbnet.org with the subject line
"subscribe." there will be more people willing to talk more about
this topic than people in this list, students who are busy
thinking about homework and school and how stressed up they will
be for the next day and challenges with teachers/professors and
stuff. I'm sorry to rain on your parade.
> ----- Original Message -----
>From: Jamie Principato <blackbyrdfly at gmail.com
>To: National Association of Blind Students mailing list
<nabs-l at nfbnet.org
>Date sent: Wed, 30 Mar 2011 00:20:27 -0400
>Subject: [nabs-l] Blind people rock climbing
>So my fiancé and I recently took up rock climbing and have been
going to a
>local rock gym weekly for the past month or so. We go with
friends, but we
>are the only two in the group who are interested in top-roping.
>blind, and we take turns belaying for one another. I know a fair
>blind people rock climb, so I was wondering if anyone has any
>techniques that you use when you climb, for any aspect of the
>How do you choose a path up the wall? There are paths marked with
>tape, but this is useless to us, so we just wing it and feel out
>paths, but on harder walls this can be tricky.
>How did you get the hang of belaying? Did you use any special
>determine when and how quickly your partner is climbing, like
>them wear a bell? Or were you able to tell how quickly to go just
>the slack in the rope? Our guide advised us to just take up slack
>feel slack, but I've noticed my partner sometimes doesn't feel
when I get
>higher, and the slack in the rope makes me nervous.
>When belaying, how did you prepare to handle falls, since you
>able to see when your partner starts to fall? This makes me most
>and I've been told I keep the rope too tight at times for the
>(especially a male climber) to move comfortably.
>Right now I'm going with the advice that this will all come with
>but I wondered what experiences other people have.
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