Climbing walls can be dangerous, but club operators can reduce the risk of injury by requiring all climbers to go through an orientation. Photo by Thinkstock.
There was no clear reason why Spencer Bean, an experienced climber and a student at the University of Iowa, fell from a climbing wall in the university’s Campus Recreation and Wellness Center (CRWC) last November. As a result of the fall, Bean suffered two crushed vertebrae and almost was paralyzed. The wall was closed temporarily as the facility’s wall, equipment and safety policies were inspected, says Wayne Fett, senior associate director of the CRWC. However, a report filed ...
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