Saturday, September 22, 2018

The mummy.

No, this is not how you do a tensionless anchor. Look it up if you want to see a proper anchor. They could have used a knot instead of a single non-locking carabiner.

The webbing on the tiny tree is taking ALL of the load. The rope to the big tree is totally slack. That is a somewhat better tensionless anchor, not great as you can see the loose wrap.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Batting a thousand.

Single bowline with no tie-off.

Single carabiner, gate down so it could open, at least it is a locker. Lots of extra rope, they could have tied a bowline, removing two points of failure.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Saturday, September 15, 2018

What is its going to take?

This happens when the landscaping fabric wears out. Just replace it.

This stuff has been working since 1981. It is not rocket science.

See all those plants? That means this is above the water line and needs no permits.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Is the skinny tree a backup?

Better hope this poor little guy is the backup.

Not this time. The little tree is holding everything while the big one in the background is totally slack. Must have used one of those "self-equalizing knots" the instructor talked about.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Quick draws are good for everything, right?

Connect the runner around the rock to the tree anchor and...

Use another quickdraw because...

Knots are good, right?

More is better?

No, adding the loose rock doesn't help. It increases the angle of the anchor, decreasing the strength.