A few words in reply to Kya sands \"management\":
First of all I would like to point out that if we had not open a gym 11 years ago putting all our money in it when indoor climbing was totally unknown in South Africa many people would not climb today. We were the only gym for more than 5 years and at least we did something for the sport not just talk it was a challenge to be the first indoor climbing gym in a country but you would not know what it means.
Thanks Kya Sands, you are my hero! You have single handedly reared climbing in this country. How can we repay the favour? Get off your high horses- you opened the gym purely for monetary gain! It is quite obvious you have no interest in South African climbing or you would raised standards at that hole you call a gym (PS: You clearly state below that (quote) “I have other businesses who are maintaining the gym and I therefore have little time for that kind of pastime” What exactly do you mean by pastime?
The gym NEVER had an accident because of lack of safety in 11 years. We had over 500 birthday parties of more than 20 children each time and not ONE accident but perhaps you were there to supervise all of them, thank you so much.
City Rock had accident(s) and it is one of the shareholder who told us personally, it is a great gym but accidents do happen in climbing gyms, I come from a country who opened the very first indoor gym, there are now many and accidents also happen.
Quite right, I wasn’t there to supervise, but apparently your staff don’t do such a hot job either seeing as you’ve had to fire so many of them for (quote) “makes me wonder what the casuals think they have to do beside studying for their exams, reading novels, sleeping at the gym or playing on their computers, which is also why we fired many of them”
You really need to think about what you’re saying … I find it difficult to believe there have been no accidents, but I guess no-one can back that up. Do you even perhaps know what goes on in your gym, as you have little time for that kind of pastime?
We are all aware that accidents happen. But there are unforeseeable ones, and there are preventable ones. It is the preventable one’s which are YOUR responsibility and, I don’t care how much you think you’ve done for South African climbing, are completely inexcusable!
So, as it goes for the nil accident policy- I would fully expect there to be some unforeseeable accidents (as at any climbing gym i.e. City Rock), so I can only assume you are blatantly lying to us… Thanks for the honest reply!
We pay casuals workers who are all climbers and all signed a job description where it is clearly stated that all ropes and safety ropes must be checked and climbers supervised at all time even good climbers.
We therefore expect them to do their work properly seeing that they are well paid for what they do. The casual on duty the day of the rope change was not to ask/allow a client to change a rope but the client wanted to climb that route and never said he did not know how.
Perhaps a little management, guidance and intervention on your part as “management” would steer your casuals in the right direction. Unfortunately, we do not live in a world where expecting someone to do something is sufficient. People need guidance, but, once again, you have little time for that kind of pastime?
How exactly did the client (you mean climber I assume?) not know how to climb the route and setup a top rope (The most basic of all basic climbing skills) if (as you state lower down in your sermon) “according to our casual is not a beginner at all”
[quote]The casual on duty the day of the accident is a very good climber for many years and member of the mountain club for many years, he forgot he signed a job description which we still have and felt he did not have to check the safety which makes me wonder what the casuals think they have to do beside studying for the