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Some articles about microfractures: We dropped 30 carabiners from heights of 21, 40, and 109 feet onto concrete, filmed the impact on high-speed video, and tested their ultimate strength. ... There was no difference in breaking strength between brand new carabiners and ones that had been dropped, even from 110 feet. http://www.outdoorsafetyinstitute....


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I'm going to go out on a limb and give a sort of non-TGO answer because it seems like you already know the answer and this is more psychological. So, my attempt is humor. If we look at the data (unfortunately death statistics in the US is now considered private, so I'm using pretty old data, which can be found here. https://www.wemjournal.org/article/...


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If you're already hiking, I am not sure you'd gain by losing a certain degree of caution. I am not super comfortable hiking by myself around twilight in BC, due to cougars. I do it, if I have to, but am a bit anxious while doing it. People who have lived here all their life here worry, even though actual deaths or even attacks (we get 1-2 a year) with 4M ...


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A lot of it is just by doing it. Both species are quite low density, and the number of wild animal deaths/injuries are very small. Regions that are dangerous for bears are those where they are very familiar with human presence and associate it with snacks, and very remote areas where they haven't seen humans at all, and have no fear of them. Wolves are ...


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For Switzerland I suggest contacting your local section of the Swiss Alpine Club (or you might directly sign up for it). They have sections all over Switzerland in all major cities (and many many smaller towns and regions also) and have been one of the cornerstones of Swiss mountaineering for more than a century. You'll find like-minded people to join you ...


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For France and Switzerland, you can try category "Partenaires : Alpinisme, cascade de glace" (mountaineering & icefall) on camptocamp.org forums. It's mainly a french-speaking forum, so you should get better results if you post in this category. There is also an english section for mountaineering, but it's less active.


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You can find mountaineering partners on the summitpost forums. For Europe, try this forum topic from that website.


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Full body harnesses are not used because of: Weight (for obvious reasons) Bulk (Getting all gear to your climbing desintation can be a chore. Everything else being equal, a more packable harness is preferred) Freedom of movement (a full body harness hinders arm movements) Clothing (Taking a jacket on and off with a body harness is a mess) Instead, ...


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