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    hold a leader fall

    If you say "hold+someone+action", does it mean "stop someone from doing something"?

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    ex)A rope has long been naturally associated with mountain climbing. Besides its practical uses, the rope symbolizes the spiritual bond between climbers....These were usually fine for protecting those who came up from below, but could not be relied upon to hold a leader fall, because such a fall could generate enough force to break the rope...

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    Re: hold a leader fall

    A rope has long been naturally associated with mountain climbing. Besides its practical uses, the rope symbolizes the spiritual bond between climbers....These were usually fine for protecting those who came up from below, but could not be relied upon to hold a leader fall, because such a fall could generate enough force to break the rope...

    The meaning here is quite literal.
    Climbers will typically climb up a rock-face, for example, connected by a rope. The climber at the front, the leader of the group, will attach the rope to the rock as he (or she) proceeds. If one of the climbers below him falls, that climber will be supported by the rope that connects him to those above him. But if the leader falls then he has no rope above him and will not be supported until he has fallen down past the highest connection to the rock, or the next person below him – either of these will then take his weight, will "hold" him.
    This means that in the case of a "leader fall", the leader will have a lot of momentum before the rope can "hold" him and this extra force can be enough to break the rope.
    So, a rope cannot be relied upon to "hold" a "leader fall".

    not a teacher

    ps: Wikipedia definition of "leader fall".
    Leader Fall: fall while lead climbing. A fall from above the climber's last piece of protection. The falling leader will fall at least twice the distance back to his or her last piece, plus slack and rope stretch.
    Last edited by JMurray; 12-Aug-2012 at 11:29. Reason: definition added

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