Wednesday, April 19, 2017

No, really, not like this.

It is a big block, but it is attached to NOTHING. The higher you sling it, the greater the leverage on it.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

When you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

Lots of new carabiners and runners. Love the micro cam and tiny wired stopper.

Engineers call them points of failure for a reason.

When you have all that extra rope, you don't need the carabiner and the skinny blue cord. Simple is best.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Should the anchor out weigh the climber?

The rock might weigh 50 lbs., fortunately the kids didn't weigh much more. His other choice was the skinny tree, not the big tree in the background, or the large one in the right foreground.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

No stopper, no tail.

This was the only anchor, I have no problem with that, but a real knot would be nice.

He talked about having 2 anchors, less than 90 degrees, equalized, that's not what happened. This rope may have pulled up the tree when the system was weighted. This anchor is doing nothing.

This skinny tree isn't 50% of the anchor, it is 100%.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Missed it by THAT much.

One inch runners protecting the anchor rope from air.

Fifty feet of extra rope but not enough to get over the edge.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Equalization is harder than they told you.

The blue line at the right is totally loaded. The second anchor on the tree at left is  slack.  So this anchor is one line of what might be 9 MM at most.

The 1 inch webbing as a protector works best when it is where the rope crosses the rock, not out in the air.

The perched block isn't a great anchor.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

The downside of having two anchors.

Two crap anchors do not equal one good one. 9mm on a tiny tree.

It looks like bungie cord, but...

Very dead tree.

We piled up brush as "idiot cribbing", they decided to have a picnic in the middle of the area we were trying to block off.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

If you tie a knot, tighten it.

Sure it is a double fisherman's, least likely to work loose, but sloppy is not a good sign.