Recently I started to learn how to aid climb. I found a lot of good stuff on the internet.
I went back and read All of the stuff PTPP posted on RC.com and elsewhere. This is literally a million words to read.
I did the same for other Aid climbing studs, like Kate=Hold2please, and many many others.
I also read three or four Aid climbing books.
I also enjoyed all of Mark Hudon's TR's. These probably more than anything else got me going in the right direction as far as climbing a big wall. I suggest watching all of his Video posts and reading all of his How to big Wall articles.
bigwalls.com I read every page of every topic.
I watched Chris Mac's How to Aid climb videos over and over.
In between all this research I went out and tried all the stuff I was reading about. I hook bouldered in my garage. I aided the bolt ladders at Stoney and Rocky Peak. I learned how to aid solo on same. Then I took those skills to the Quarry in Riverside. I learned to test and trust most of the gear I placed. I practiced my anchor building skills. I made a 2x1 hauling ratchet and learned how to use it. I bought a haul bag and learned how to rig it, pack it with water, hook it to a swivel with another bag and manage it and it's contents all the way up and down a wall. I bought a ledge and practiced deploying and breaking it down while hanging around in my garage. I learned to solo with a tag bag and how to secure it with a slippery knot. These skills and many many more need to be practiced over and over to be mastered. I probably will never get that far but it is sure fun(sp?) trying.
I slowly bought a bunch of aid gear. I am still buying stuff with no end in sight.
Anyway the whole point of my post is, uh, there is a lot of info out there. You just have to make the time to read it and then learn how to use it.
And there is no such thing as a "stupid question" unless it's the one not asked.
Focus on anything and you will learn rapidly.
Sorry for the long post.
Looking forward to reading about your adventures on the big stone this coming season!
How do you rack copperheads and rivet hangers? A bunch on a biner? Each biner with a set?
Also, are there any other places to place copperheads other than super flared placement where a nut won't stick? It seems like there has to be a "bottom" to moosh the copperhead against so no deep seams, right?
Going out to practice tomorrow on some choss in the rain.