Originally Posted by L473ncy
It's all about informed risk. Doctors do this all the time, when I went in for a CT scan they told me there was a risk that I could die I was informed and decided to continue with the procedure regardless (because of something else). Same as when my doctor told me the options for my surgery and the risks associated with each of them. Same with wearing safety gear when I'm riding my bike. Full face is great and all, I know the risks of dumping your bike and needing reconstructive jaw surgery or skin grafts or what have you but sometimes I'll just wear a "brain bucket" if I'm out for a short ride to the grocery store and back.
@ Brian; shoes and chalk are definitely the minimum. There's a guy who does free solo climbs of big walls (Alex Honold I think his name is), balls of fucking steel man. He realizes if he falls he's done and is fully aware of the risks but still chooses to free solo. I don't even lead climb (yet) it's all top roping, trad climbing is probably the most I'll ever do.
I used to free climb, in my stupid youth, a 10 m fall cured me of that lunacy