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Get In­sur­ance! Ac­ci­dents hap­pen. Ev­ery year, thou­sands of climbers are in­jured. Climbers like to think, “It will never hap­pen to me,” which is fine be­cause it’s the only way many dan­ger­ous routes get climbed. No one is say­ing not to at­tempt that run-out 5.11X on loose rocks with sharp talus and rat­tlesnakes at the bot­tom, it’s just that you should buy in­sur­ance be­fore you try it. Why? Be­cause like many climbers, chances are you’re trav­el­ling on a bud­get and don’t have the ex­tra thou­sands of dol­lars for an ex­pen­sive Amer­i­can med­i­cal bill. Yes, even anti-venom for a snake bite can cost up to $ 10,000 with treat­ment. Do some re­search and be pre­pared. In­sur­ance is quick and easy to pur­chase. Also wise to have a f irst-aid kit i n the car be­cause you never know when you’ll need it.

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