Should helmuts be required in the scrambling course

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Should helmuts be required in the scrambling course

Posted by Dennis Miller at September 11. 2014

Currently, we use helmuts during ice axe arrest practice and on some of the rock field trip stations. The committee supplies the helmuts, which are shared among students. As most students (and some instructors) do not have personal helmuts, that presents some logistics problems which will be intensified at the new rock field trip location.

Helmuts are required on some, but not all scrambles. It is currently possible to graduate without owning a helmut.

Is it time for a change? Should we require students to have their own helmuts?

 

 

 

 

Re: Should helmuts be required in the scrambling course

Posted by Dennis Miller at September 11. 2014

The only drawback I can think of is the cost added to the Scrambling Course.  That may not be an consideration for some students, but it may be a fairly serious one for others--certainly enough to dissuade some from taking the course.

May I propose a middle-of-the-road solution.  Require personal helmuts on all course field trips, but on actual scrambles, adhere to the club policy of leader discretion. Use the existing supply of committee-owned helmuts as a rental pool or loaner pool for hardship cases.  

 

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