Multi pitch rock climbing- The Essentials

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RyanD

climber
Squamish
Topic Author's Original Post - Jul 10, 2014 - 11:58am PT
You are doing a multi pitch rock route. Not a snow slog, not a big wall aid climb, just a fun, classic free route that you plan on doing in a day or less. What do you bring besides climbing gear? I see people with all sorts of goofy sh#t hanging off themselves when multipitching & am always interested what they have or why they need it or if they need it at all? Maybe there is stuff I should be bringing which could be useful but I've no idea of?



For around here I usually put a bar of some sort in my pocket, avoid a backpack at all costs, and if there is a walk off I'll make sure to clip my daescents on my haul loop. If it's more than 3 or 4 pitches I'll bring 0.5L water. Summit libations are also considered depending on the situation.






Here's Brownies essentials:


Banana, ziplock of pre mixed weed & tobacco, lighter, & 0.5L water all...
Banana, ziplock of pre mixed weed & tobacco, lighter, & 0.5L water all taped into a ball allow Brownie to perform at the highest level while multipitch climbing.
Credit: RyanD



Since we are just sitting around talking about other n00b sh#t like cordalettes, soccer, & guns I figured maybe knowledge could be gleaned on this topic & myself or someone here could have a more enjoyable experience on their next multipitch.



locker

climber
STFU n00b!!!
Jul 10, 2014 - 12:02pm PT


"What do you bring besides climbing gear?"...


Weed, water, and a hot Blow Up Doll...
WyoRockMan

climber
Flank of the Big Horns
Jul 10, 2014 - 12:03pm PT
Something like this:
Grade II standard rack.
Grade II standard rack.
Credit: WyoRockMan
NutAgain!

Trad climber
South Pasadena, CA
Jul 10, 2014 - 12:03pm PT
I have an old REI vest with inside pockets and zipper outer pockets that I would often bring for warmth and pocket storage capacity. If it's hot, I can still wear it or leave it around my waist partially zipped. In the pockets I keep a cheap worn out space blanket, snacks & food for the day, and ninja hat. Sometimes have a topo in the pocket. If it's pretty cold I'll bring another jacket. Almost always bring a camera.

Tie paracord loops onto disposable but amply reusable water or gatorade bottles. If there's a huge descent, I'll bring flip-flops, never brought hiking boots after the first couple of years. That about covers it unless I'm feeling spunky and bring some old smoke-bombs and a lighter as a disaster recovery/location beacon plan.

If there's a good peak and open space, I'll sometimes bring a kite. But I've brought it along many times when there wasn't really time to use it.
locker

climber
STFU n00b!!!
Jul 10, 2014 - 12:07pm PT

WyoRockMan...

"Grade II standard rack."...

LOL!!!...

Mungeclimber

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
Jul 10, 2014 - 12:08pm PT
Highly depends on forecast, approach distance, climb type, descent.


Some minimals that hang off the harness:

nuttool
belay device
prussik cord or two with spare biner
chapstick
sunscreen
hat
tiny knife


Other stuff for longer routes

approach shoes
water/hydration
music player and earbuds
food (GUs if hump out is uphill)
shell
extra warmth layer


W.L.

climber
Edge of the Electric Ocean Beneath Red Rock
Jul 10, 2014 - 12:08pm PT
Less is more and it all depends on temperature....


When it is hot and less than 3 or 4 pitches (of less physical climbing), I will just have my belay device, personal anchor, nut tool and a couple of lockers on the harness. Sometimes belay/rappel gloves if I am rapping on my twins. Sometimes I'll carry a knife in my pocket and headlamp.

If it is longer, typically will make the second carry the pack with water and food.

If it is cold, I will clip a Houdini or similar jacket to my harness if I am not wearing a soft shell and have a puffy in the pack or clipped to me if necessary (Patagucci Nano). If longer and cold, water and jackets in pack...depending on temps, clipped or worn.

The crux of all of this is remembering to bring these things, like a headlamp, when climbing a 5-pitch 5.10 route in a party of 3 in April after a late start...yeah, I am not a smart man.


People over-complicate the hell out of this.
thebravecowboy

climber
in the face of the fury of the funk
Jul 10, 2014 - 12:12pm PT
Rack, victuals & libations, TWO lighters, harness, rope, flipflops for descent, headlamp, cellphone, small pocketknife, maybe some water.

Dong Angerson edit: .50 handcannon, always, with speedloader.
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 10, 2014 - 12:23pm PT
Locker,



Do you blow it up at the base or on the summit?


Pipe or PR?
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 10, 2014 - 12:24pm PT



The Hawk

climber
Politard

Jul 10, 2014 - 12:03pm PT
I don't even wear a harness. I just tie weed into a diaper and charge up.



This.





#lulz





Edit- I forgot that I usually have my iPhone in my pocket so I can check supertopo at the belay & take photos.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Maestro, Ecosystem Ministry, Fatcrackistan
Jul 10, 2014 - 12:28pm PT
Anything more than 3-pitches off the deck and I'm carrying this on my harness...



What's your multi-pitch tune?

DMT
locker

climber
STFU n00b!!!
Jul 10, 2014 - 12:32pm PT

"Do you blow it up at the base or on the summit?


Pipe or PR?"
...



Celebrate with BOTH at the summit...

...

WOOD pipe... (cUm to think of it, "WOOD", "Pipe", and wooden pipe)...

drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Jul 10, 2014 - 12:43pm PT
This is a thread for people that climb.
Beat it kook.
locker

climber
STFU n00b!!!
Jul 10, 2014 - 12:46pm PT


"This is a thread for people that climb."...



Most of us are aware of that and can't figure out why you're even on this forum...

Why are you???...



















EDITED:

"here we go..."...

LOL!!!...



Always...

;-)

the Fet

climber
Tu-Tok-A-Nu-La
Jul 10, 2014 - 12:46pm PT
prusiks and pink tricam on a leaver biner

Yeah the only thing I bring that doesn't usually get used is my self rescue kit which is:
 a leaver biner with:
 3 cord runners for prusiks (you could substitute one/two of those petzl tibloc emergency ascenders, but cord has more uses)
 a knife for cutting a stuck rope, etc. mine is super small and light trango Piranha
 about a 1/4 roll of tape, that's my first aid kit
 a little keychain led light that uses a watch type battery

I suppose I should carry some extra ibuprofen. If there's a chance of being benighted I'll bring a bivy sack made of space blanket material. Also very light.
locker

climber
STFU n00b!!!
Jul 10, 2014 - 12:49pm PT


"Beat it kook."...


No sh!t...

That's the idea...

Mungeclimber

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
Jul 10, 2014 - 12:51pm PT
word on the

keychain led light that uses a watch type battery
space blanket if shiver biver is possible
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Jul 10, 2014 - 12:51pm PT
good question.

I'm out.

Lateskies!

Before I quit this stupid forum...
Ryan- I used to be like you(when I actually climbed) and avoided a pack at all costs.
Now (when I imagine climbing) I've gotten used to one of the modern micro packs, my vertical manpurse. Perfect for frenchies, water, shell, iphone, and shoes.
I hate a bunch of sh#t hanging off my imaginary harness.
locker

climber
STFU n00b!!!
Jul 10, 2014 - 12:54pm PT


"Before I quit this stupid forum...

...


"I hate a bunch of sh#t hanging off my imaginary harness."...



LOfukingL!!!...





Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Maestro, Ecosystem Ministry, Fatcrackistan
Jul 10, 2014 - 12:56pm PT
My carry is inversely proportional to my partner's carry ;D

Les is Moar!

DMT
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