Saturday, October 31, 2015

Scary anchors.

Anchor 20 feet up.

Use a carabiner instead of a knot.

An overview of the yard sale, dump out the pack, and use it all for anchors.

A runner and biner instead of tying the rope to the tree.

When all else fails, use your daisy chain.

More is better, right?

Single strand webbing, girth hitched around sharp flakes.

Knots grinding on th rock.

Both gates facing the rock.

A dynamic climbing rope used as an anchor, pricey cams with an antique SMC oval.

Run your anchor across the trail!

Another carabiner instead of a knot.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Looks like any tree, but...

See the dead leaves. The tree was alive until the last few weeks.

Tje woodpeckers have started to work on it.

See the snake?
That's his tail on the yellow leaf at the center. He is a 10 inch copperhead.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Fun with gear and other atrocities.

So many bad ideas.

Could have just tied a knot.

More carabiners and cordalettes.

Does this tree need more anchors?

Trusting your life to one carabiner.

Not frictionless, not much of a knot.

This runner goes to the anchor in the first picture.

Those blocks are just sitting there, plus an overcammed placement at top.

Another life depending on a carabiner.

A single carabiner, the anchor is weakened by the angle and may soon be side loaded.

There is a red nut hiding between the blocks. The block at right moved, and weighed maybe 20 lbs.

Ten feet up in the air, with a single carabiner.

How did he get it up there?

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Sure, run webbing over the sharp flake.

Single strand webbing is easy to cut.

Easier when you put it over a sharp flake.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

The rock breaks, but he didn't care.

The webbing is almost as big as the tree.

Lots of extra rope,but he used the runner and carabiners instead.

Probably because he didn't know a good knot. The clove hitch and half hitches are a poor choice.

He had lots of rope, but wanted to play with gear.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Mystery guides and school kids.

Brand new webbing, three feet up the tree, but it is holding all the weight because...

Webbing is doubled around a horn, not cinched down. A girth hitch would be better, an overhand loop would be best.  

One rope is 10 feet up the tree in the background, the other ties off a hollow tree.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Some schools come up short.

There was more rope, but somehow he came up short, adding the webbing.

Plenty of rope, but he went with the runner.

Strange way to tie two ropes together.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Smallest tree, smallest runner

A half inch spectra runner threaded through 1 inch nylon. Under shock load the spectra can cut nylon.

The other anchor is a string or thin runners, side loading the carabiners.

Webbing clipped to static with one carabiner.

The rest of the yard sale, lay out everything you have.

Single strand webbing connected with a single lock link, not a carabiner.

More webbing with single carabiners.

Lots of rope but they used a sling and a single carabiner with a clove hitch. 

Guess he couldn't put it higher.