Thursday, May 18, 2017

The other anchor was fine.

Tiny tree, thin webbing, single carabiner, 8mm rope, at least the other anchor is a fat static line.

No, the blue webbing doesn't make the anchor better, it introduces the possibility of side loading and increases the angle of the anchors, weakening them.  Two big trees with static rope anchors were overkill to begin with.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Start with the dead tree?

The tree at left is dead.

If I tie off above the hollow, it's stronger, right?  No, it is not.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

So, the good anchor didn't get the knot right.

Why use the big tree when you can sling the slippery rock? Using webbing and carabiners adds points of failure. The tree would increase the angle on the anchor, but there are better rocks near the other anchor.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Leave no trace?

Made in Mexico? They left China for Mexico?

The small tree is the anchor holding 100% of the weight. The other anchor was a large tree, but that doesn't matter since it isn't part of the system.

This is what it looks like when the gauge at Little Falls reads 8 ft.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

No, really, not like this.

It is a big block, but it is attached to NOTHING. The higher you sling it, the greater the leverage on it.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

When you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

Lots of new carabiners and runners. Love the micro cam and tiny wired stopper.

Engineers call them points of failure for a reason.

When you have all that extra rope, you don't need the carabiner and the skinny blue cord. Simple is best.