Sunday, July 9, 2017

Summer's best day? Less so when schools rig everything all day long.

The gym "instructor" rigged the active climbing rope going over sharp edges. The corner on the left developed a pile of red fibers from abrasion.

No, putting the rope above the hollow doesn't make it stronger. The knot at left is grinding  on edges of the boulder.

Monday, July 3, 2017

How many bad anchors make a good anchor?

The rope at bottom isn't bad, the one on the single branch above, not so much.

OK, it is the biggest trunk, but look at those roots. This is not an anchor, this is a bad idea.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

No, this is never OK.

The AMGA may tell you a knot to secure the tail isn't needed on a figure 8, nobody will tell it isn't needed on a bowline.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Don't leave your stuff at the top of the cliff.

This was the least scary thing they did all day. They put the runners high because that is the climbing rope. The carabiners going to the black webbing are non-locking wire gates.

Hundreds of dollars in gear and a phone, totally out of the owners' sight. Summer is when kids are prone to grabbing stuff.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

You know who you are.

People are paying to learn a bad practice. Look at the pile of unused static rope. In the background, the bad news: 1 8MM cord 2. unnecessary links in the chain 3. unstable clove hitch

They know the clove is unstable, note the grapevine backup.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Wrong materials, wrong place.

That rock is a poor choice of anchor, but if you have to use skinny webbing, put it around that rock, it is less likely to roll off, and avoids abrasion at the cliff edge.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

How many things wrong?

1. Hollow tree 2. Thin runner 3. Single carabiner, remember most locking carabiners have been recalled in the last year 4. Another thin runner 5. Another single carabiner 6. 8MM cord running over rock edges without padding

Sure, string your hammock across the trail.