Jorg Verhoeven and the life saving climbing helmet
The video of Dutch rock climber Jorg Verhoeven as he falls headfirst off a trad climb in Colorado, USA and is saved by his climbing helmet.
Climbing helmets? Absolutely indispensable to protect your head, not only against falling stones but also, at times, to absorb the impact if you slam against the rock in an uncontrolled fall. This is precisely what happened the other day to expert climber Jorg Verhoeven who slipped in the worst possible moment on a trad climb in Dream Canyon close to Boulder, Colorado, with the rope behind his leg. Here are the Dutchman’s words of warning.
Well boys and girls, this is why you have to wear a helmet while trad climbing... I decided to not be scared this time and place my foot behind the rope, unfortunately the other foot decided to slip in the right moment for me to tumble down the wall headfirst. I guess this is the time to thank @petzl_official for making great helmets, so I only walked away with a a freaked out belayer (@katha_saurwein )/photographer (@jonglassberg) and a stiff neck. Sometimes you have to admit failure . Perfect preparation though for the worldcup in Vail this friday! • @louderthan11
Jorg Verhoeven is Ambassador La Sportiva and Petzl