Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The call of the dead tree.

It isn't hers.

Couldn't find a smaller tree?

The black rope going to the 3" diameter tree at right is the only active anchor. That may be the good news since the webbing is about to add a few more feet of slack when it slips off its perch. Of course both anchors are 3 feet up in the air when they should be at the base of the trees.

Why tie the anchor 3 feet up half of the tree? The figure 8 follow through is a bad choice to secure the end on a tensionless anchor. Given the appearance of the double overhand, they didn't have confidence in their ability to tie it right.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Be afraid, be very afraid.

The webbing came up 2 feet short so stick your pack under the moving climbing rope.
After a long absence, the masters of complexity have returned. Can you find the hidden knot?

The flying purple prusik from the dead tree is special.

The loose square knot on the black anchor is great. The orange rope is 9mm Bluewater Canyon rope, a first for Carderock.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Great Falls, Carderock doesn't have a monopoly on stupid.

A shot of the whole anchor at the Dihedrals, gates of single carabiners are pointing towards the rock.

Anchor points are past 90 degrees.

Single strand of webbing has a scary cut.

If one climb is anchored to a 3" tree, two is better, right?

Yard sale, if you use it, they will come.

He had just pulled the rope from the one lonely biner.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

His T shirt said he was a fireman.

All of the weight is being held by the blue 8MM prusik

Another view.

Why tie off the bowline?

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Some old, some new, all stupid.

The webbing sling being the little trees is girth hitched into 7MM rope.

The Korean rigs this several times a week. He also left about $500 in gear strewn over the area.

Nobody can resist the perched rock.

New this spring, use a fortune in hardware, not enough rope.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Who is this guy?

At least one gate is up, not that it matters too much. All the gear is blindingly new, does the Easter Bunny bring this stuff now?

Somebody told him about padding the edges but he missed the part about static rope and actual knots.

Tubes everywhere, almost.

Best use ever of hardware in a Carderock anchor. Only leaving it in the pack would be better.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Wrong so many different ways

They left their wires, complete with Wild Country booklet.

An 8MM rope run around a tree. This is a climbing rig for kids.

Anchor around 90 degrees, includes cam
The blue ropes in the background are one Sterling climbing rope.

Gen 1 Friend, barely getting a grip.

#2 Friend

Leave the booklet littering the ground so someone else can figure out how to put your harness on.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Like hunting easter eggs.

Great, what's the carabiner for?

That's a couple of half hitches.

Nylon rope on 9/16" webbing.

Ancient nylon webbing girth hitched to Spectra.

The carabiner isn't clipped into the left end of the daisy chain, only the spectra runner.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

First crowded day

25 feet up in the air, and yes, its the infamous Korean guide.

Lots of rope, but they didn't get it over the edge.

The 3" tree  is taking all the weight.

The dead tree, of course.

Good thing it isn't holding weight, so the knot won't grind on the rock.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Must be Spring

Almost all the way around

Gate down, gotta love it.

All the bells and whistles, so lets add some points of failure.