Saturday, December 27, 2014

Not enough rope, or sense?

Two 7mm cords (one is around the block in the center), why not just buy enough rope?

Friday, December 26, 2014

Warm weather, dumb anchors.

Tying everything together is better, right? Nylon on nylon, high anchor on the tree, lots going on.

He said "I could just put a clove hitch on this knob."

Lots of knots, but the tree is still only 3" in diameter.

Ignore the black rope. The 3 anchors probably took everything he had in his pack. The runners in the center are looped over a loose block.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

So many mysteries.

The Dead Tree, anchors in the air, and festive carabiners dangling in the air.

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Leading candidate for worst idea ever: two clove hitches to a carabiner instead of a knot.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

The "instructor" said he was working on the side, fortunately only one victim.

All this stuff is sort of connected, a tip rope and a single line rappel.

Old climbing rope to the skinny tree. Two anchor lines to a single runner around some rocks in the center. A small hunk of bedrock girth hitched in the background with a correlate going to another small tree.

Looks like a clove hitch with a botched half a double fisherman's.

The old climbing rope attaches the rappel line on the left to the climbing rope anchors on the right, but not really.

Sunday, November 30, 2014


I love how they tied the tail ends of the yellow and green runners together.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Is this what they mean by redundant?

I think they started with the runner, then asked themselves what to do with the tail

 An actual overhand loop, maybe someday they'll use it on something bigger than 6 inches.

Is this root dead yet?

This stuff doesn't stretch, right?

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Boat rope on the dead tree. Excellent.

Very dead.

The small tree in the back is anchored about six feet off the ground

The small tree in the foreground wobbled when I touched it.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

More mysteries

No clue, but brand new gear.
Why use the big tree when you can use the skinny one and ...

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Enormous anchor rope but short a foot. The blue climbing rope is just visible.

Another view, not sure what the second unclipped loop was about.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Mr. Mystery Knot returns, with some improvement.

Ok, its a bowline, if he thought it was a tensionless anchor, it isn't. At least  it is at the bottom of the tree.

Still running the climbing rope over edges.

The anchor ropes run over some real sharp edges.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Sunday Follies

They had plenty of webbing to tie an anchor long enough...

But you've got to use all your shiny new gear.

Is halfway up the tree high enough?

Run the single strand of webbing over a few edges.

All the rope in the world but...

but a bit short.

He said, "I can't feel your weight."

Can't be Sunday without the dead tree.

Monday, November 10, 2014

The "instructor" is a little challenged on his bowlines.

He had a school group, then two boys after school

Points for using the webbing in a loop. but not for side loaded carabiner, wide anchors, and climbing rope running over edges.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

So near, and yet so far.

New rope, perfect double bowline, no tie off knot. Yes, I tied it off.
Same thing, then he added...

a cam which is holding most of the climber's weight on the strand going back to the tree, but the cam is doing all the work.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

NFL cuts gumby factor, but...

Sart by slinging the tree at left, add a flying clip to the rock and...

add another tree 15 ft away

They can't resist the dead tree, even if just as a directional.