Truth is stranger than fiction

While we are on the subject of myths, fairytales and things that are hard to wrap your head around… here is a miscellaneous collection of things I came across these past few weeks. Whilst I can accept and understand that subjective perception of what is safe and acceptable may vary, these examples do make me wonder.

A climber was climbing on the friction hitch cord above. The knots were not set especially tight – the person in question did not see a problem.

A different climber tied into this limb on a horse chestnut, it is 5,5cm in diameter – the person in question did not see a problem.

The photo above shows the rigging gear a local company used to dismantle a big oak tree right next to overhead power lines on a busy road – I am pretty sure the crew running this gear did not see a problem.

As I have written about before, whilst every person may have a different interpretation and perception of acceptable levels of risk, I still found the examples above pretty crass. I struggle to understand how it is possible to have such a thorough lack of understanding of the gear you are working with (at height!) and the structures you are working on – and survive it. Yet this is probably where the resilience inherent to these systems kicks in.

But would I bank my life on it? No way!

And the fact that someone would be prepared to do so merely goes to prove once again that truth, as they say, is indeed stranger than fiction.