Saturday, August 13, 2016

Good news, bad news.

The good news, this anchor was never even loaded, the knot didn't tighten. The bad news,  run way up that little tree, it would have levered the tree severely. 

The climbing rope was rigged for rope soloing. It is close to a tensionless anchor, so I guess the half hitches don't matter much. The guy climbing in work boots was using a single Jumar-type ascender, which would be lucky to not sever the rope if he fell. Must be the heat.

1 comment:

  1. Pic #1. Strive to find a tree at least 12 inches in diameter.
    NEVER anchor to a tree less 6 inches in diameter (some say 8).
    Tie your anchor as low as possible on the tree.

    Pic #2. Self Belay systems (thats whats I think you are referring too) need to be redundant.
    AND need to follow all the same rules like 6-8 winds with a (loose ended) knot connected to a locking carabiners for a tentionless anchor.
    There needs to be two fixed ropes with two independent and two different auto-locking devices (I recommend the Petzl system.. See links below and live longer).