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Author Topic: Do you wear a Helmet  (Read 3255 times)

LennyJ1

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Do you wear a Helmet
« on: January 03, 2013 »

Found this link and it kind of make you think. I will be wearing my helmet every time I go out climbing.

http://www.thebmc.co.uk/bmc-helmet-campaign
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Re: Do you wear a Helmet
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2013 »

I haven't done a lot of outdoor climbing but i've never been without my helmet, i've read too many mountaineering books which always involve gruesome incidents  :o
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Re: Do you wear a Helmet
« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2013 »

I haven't done a lot of outdoor climbing but i've never been without my helmet, i've read too many mountaineering books which always involve gruesome incidents  :o

Just reading some of the comments in the link makes me want to wear my helmet going up cave hill  :-[
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Re: Do you wear a Helmet
« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2013 »

I've never been in a situation wear a rock has fallen close to someone, but i still wear a helmet. However, i've fallen off a bike many times, and yet i still don't wear one when cycling  ::) 
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Re: Do you wear a Helmet
« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2013 »

I think if i was climbing outdoors then a helmet would be a necessity, it would be one less thing to worry/stress over.
There's an article about the effectiveness of helmets when cycling here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-11110665, it's an interesting read but this quote stands out and is just as applicable to climbing outdoors:

"It's plain and simple that helmets are effective," Ms Lee continues. "If you think of people who have mobile phones, computers, I bet they all have covers on to protect them. You have a skull protecting your brain and if you know anything about computers you know that if you damage a computer you can't load the programme. That's exactly the same with your brain."
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Re: Do you wear a Helmet
« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2013 »

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If you think of people who have mobile phones, computers, I bet they all have covers on to protect them.
  sorry, no cover on my phone  :)
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Re: Do you wear a Helmet
« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2013 »

sorry, no cover on my phone  :)

You're living dangerously there Liam  ;)
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Re: Do you wear a Helmet
« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2013 »

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If you think of people who have mobile phones, computers, I bet they all have covers on to protect them.
  sorry, no cover on my phone  :)

Living on the edge there buddy ::), but you have covered your ipad  ;).

That is a good point about how people would protect there phone before there head and I would also be one of those. maybe time to re-think my head wear.
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Re: Do you wear a Helmet
« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2013 »

I'm not disagreeing with wearing a helmet, but thought I could add some material I have read along the lines.

For cycling, some people think your better being road aware i.e always looking around you for dangers and not wearing a helmet, than wearing a helmet and not being aware.

I sort of agree with that when it comes to cycling, but I just do both anyway.


I think I also remember some studies about the safety ratings in cars, something along the lines that people who drive a car with a high safety rating are more likely to get hurt because they don't use as much caution than those who have a low safety rating and take care driving.

Nothing to do with climbing helmets, but just some conversation pieces.
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Re: Do you wear a Helmet
« Reply #9 on: January 04, 2013 »

Ive been climbing outdoors quite a few times without a helmet, just 1 minor accident on a glacier when an ice axe hit my head causing a small cut.
Would always wear one now though.
You dont have to be climbing to need a helmet - if you ever venture to Tormore crag in Sligo, be sure to have the helmet on when approaching the cliff. So much loose rock falling down if anyone is already climbing.
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Re: Do you wear a Helmet
« Reply #10 on: January 04, 2013 »

If I hadn't have worn a helmet kayaking or bouldering I would have probably been 6ft under or had some sort of serious damage done.
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