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Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Topic Author's Original Post - Dec 30, 2012 - 04:55pm PT
Always a fun time when the hooks come out to play.

Post your hook shots!

Monster hooks.

Big hooks.

Weird hooks.

Shaky hooks.

Bomber hooks...

Let's see what you have!

For starters here's one of Mark Hudon's that held a 50 footer on the Coral Sea of Native Son.

Photo by Mark Hudon
Photo by Mark Hudon
Credit: Ihateplastic
prickle

Gym climber
globe,az
Dec 30, 2012 - 04:55pm PT
does the tape really help?
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 30, 2012 - 05:03pm PT
Prickle...

It does reduce the wiggling around factor as you move off it and the rope tends to move the piece.

But the second needs to CLEAN UP after the leader!
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Dec 30, 2012 - 05:27pm PT
I think Cheyne removed the hook and then decided that he wanted to photograph it and replaced it but didn't move the tape. I originally had it taped down. For this particular placement, I can't say the tape helped, I can't say it hurt either. All I really wanted was that it held the hook in place and not allow it to fall out on it's own.

Cheyne, didn't leave the tape there, you can bet on that!
prickle

Gym climber
globe,az
Dec 30, 2012 - 05:30pm PT
thanks guys, I'm trying to learn..

i've used em for pro on trad routes but tied them to the ground, maybe i'll tape em' next time which won't put as much downward force on them.
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Dec 30, 2012 - 05:32pm PT
Here's another one, this time it's Cheyne's hook. He left the hook for protection, the tape made sure the hook didn't fall off the placement. In that regard, and for this hook, the tape certain did its job.

Credit: Mark Hudon
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Dec 30, 2012 - 05:39pm PT
On the crux of Lost in America. Aside from evidence that the flake this hook was on had broken recently, I wasn't too worried since the fall was only a swing sideways onto the anchor not far away.

Credit: Mark Hudon
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 30, 2012 - 05:44pm PT
Cheyne, didn't leave the tape there, you can bet on that!

Ha! I would NEVER presume otherwise from a Hudon ascent!
Ksolem

Trad climber
Monrovia, California
Dec 30, 2012 - 05:57pm PT
So any time I see a hook topic here I post up my "KS-1" model. Specifically designed for hooking micro flakes without applying outward force or prying action, it's milled from 6061 T6. It's not super durable and certainly won't hold a fall but it has served me well hooking to drill on thin granite face climbs.

The KS1 hook. The Talon is for scale.
The KS1 hook. The Talon is for scale.
Credit: Ksolem

Here it is in action at Courtright Reservoir.

Kris Solem drilling from a hook at Courtright Reservoir.
Kris Solem drilling from a hook at Courtright Reservoir.
Credit: Jan McCollum

Here's Rincon Rob being a happy hooker on Mescalito...

Rob Brown hooking on Mescalito
Rob Brown hooking on Mescalito
Credit: Ksolem
prickle

Gym climber
globe,az
Dec 30, 2012 - 05:57pm PT
Thanks for the pics Mark. How you guys stop and take pics amazes me, i'd be shittin'!
prickle

Gym climber
globe,az
Dec 30, 2012 - 05:59pm PT
WOW that KS1 hook is SUPER RAD!
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Dec 30, 2012 - 05:59pm PT
Regan was coming up after us and I told him that I was going to clean every piece of tat off the route. I didn't want to hose him so I told him about my 5 mil tat cleaning cord and that he should go out and get one. Later, emailing with him about the climb, he mentioned that the cleaning cord trick was totally slick and that he was going to have one with him on all his future climbs.
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Dec 30, 2012 - 06:02pm PT
Hey Mark, is that "Gorilla" tape or your newly patented "Bad Ass Tape?"
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Dec 30, 2012 - 06:05pm PT
Gorilla tape, I've approached them for sponsorship though ;-)
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 30, 2012 - 06:06pm PT
Ksolem...

I still think that is a sweet pice of equipment! Should be duplicated...
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Dec 30, 2012 - 06:11pm PT
A #1 Tomahawk in a hole.

I though this hole would be a cool nut placement but there wasn't enough distance behind the flake for the nut to fit. I tried a regular hook but the hole was too thin. This Tomahawk fit perfectly!

Credit: Mark Hudon
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Dec 30, 2012 - 06:12pm PT
Do I really have to commit to this and drill?
Do I really have to commit to this and drill?
Credit: tradmanclimbs
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 30, 2012 - 07:14pm PT
Here's an old ring angle claw I have from BITD...

Credit: Ihateplastic
Captain...or Skully

climber
Dec 30, 2012 - 07:19pm PT
Taped down hooks are bullsh#t. If you need tape, you're already wrong.
Prod

Trad climber
Dec 30, 2012 - 07:20pm PT
Taped down hooks are bullsh#t.

Why?

Prod.
Ksolem

Trad climber
Monrovia, California
Dec 30, 2012 - 07:23pm PT
I remember on Mescalito, somewhere up there I came across a rurp in a horizontal placement. All that was showing was the eye sticking out, no wire or tat in it. It made a perfect placement for the small hook on the talon.

SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Dec 30, 2012 - 07:26pm PT

I'm hooked!!!!!
Scott Thelen

Trad climber
Truckee, Ca
Dec 30, 2012 - 07:26pm PT
Whatever you have to do to talk yourself into something.
Captain...or Skully

climber
Dec 30, 2012 - 07:30pm PT
Complete bullsh#t, that tape.... Hooks aren't Pro. They were never meant to be.
Straighten out yer petticoats & move the f*#k up. You'll get something after a while.
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 30, 2012 - 07:40pm PT
Still looking for the REALLY BIG ARSE hooks!
Scott Thelen

Trad climber
Truckee, Ca
Dec 30, 2012 - 07:44pm PT
tape an ice axe to the wall
tape an ice axe to the wall
Credit: Scott Thelen
ryankelly

Trad climber
el portal
Dec 30, 2012 - 08:12pm PT
I'm an inexperienced and amateur hooker, but it sure is fun.

I'm too slow and scared on walls to photograph placements, but I think I might start.

What else ya got superotopo?
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 30, 2012 - 08:59pm PT
Hell, I don't care if their just "on my rack" shots... let's see what you carry in the hooking department.
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Dec 30, 2012 - 09:08pm PT
A #3 Pecker, hand placed, acting more like a hook than anything else.

Credit: Mark Hudon
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Dec 30, 2012 - 09:12pm PT
Hook vs. Heads.

Hook wins, Max took those heads out. (LIA crux pitch)

Credit: Mark Hudon

Minerals

Social climber
The Deli
Dec 30, 2012 - 10:40pm PT
I’m with Skully. Taping a hook to the wall to leave as pro is total bullsh#t. The only case where this might be ok is when you have a fat hook wrapped over a bomber flake, like in the first photo that Plastic posted. A Fish hook would work well in such a case, as well as the Pika hook pictured.

Why is taping a hook to the wall bullsh#t? Because hooks are not meant to hold falls – just body weight. If you fall on a small- or medium-sized hook (anything smaller than a fatty Fish hook or the like…) the hook will likely blow out the rock, rendering the hook placement useless for future use. Then what are you going to do? Pull out the drill and place a rivet? The hook will probably bend open in a fall too, making the hook itself useless for future use… that is, until you pound on it with your hammer to get it back to the proper shape.

So… Don’t leave hooks taped to the wall!!! You’re just asking to make a mess of things and screw up the route! Don’t leave hooks taped to the wall!!!

(I was meaning to post something in regard to this issue on the Stupid Questions about Aid Climbing thread but never got around to it.)


Still looking for the REALLY BIG ARSE hooks!

Skully’s got one – the “Meat Hook” by Vermin.

Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 30, 2012 - 10:46pm PT
I guess I would never view a hook (taped or not) as real pro I could look back on and feel comfy about. I see taping as a way to keep the hook in place as I move onto another sketch piece just in case I drop a few feet onto it.

Not sure if that made any sense...
Minerals

Social climber
The Deli
Dec 30, 2012 - 10:53pm PT
… in case I drop a few feet onto it.

Same deal as what I just mentioned above. Once you commit to the next piece, you want to remove the lower hook from the rock ASAP. Taking a daisy fall onto a hook is even worse.

Vegasclimber

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Dec 30, 2012 - 11:02pm PT
The elusive Standard and Captain FISH Hook. Took me a while to find a ...
The elusive Standard and Captain FISH Hook. Took me a while to find a set of these!
Credit: Vegasclimber

I have a pair of ring hooks from Russ as well, but can't find a pic of them at the moment. These were a pain in the ass to find.
ß Î Ø T Ç H

Boulder climber
bouldering
Dec 30, 2012 - 11:43pm PT
TAPE!!! TAPE!!! TAPE!!!
Slinky00

Trad climber
Carson City, NV
Dec 31, 2012 - 12:25am PT
This is an awesome thread!
Evel

Trad climber
Nedsterdam CO
Dec 31, 2012 - 06:55am PT
Vermin Hooks rule! The Meat Hook will go around your neck. Or your partners neck....


Working on a pic. Geez gimme a sec.
kaitb

Big Wall climber
Dec 31, 2012 - 08:10am PT
Credit: kaitb

Wings of Steel. Dime size edges.
kaitb

Big Wall climber
Dec 31, 2012 - 08:17am PT
photo not found
Missing photo ID#281373
martygarrison

Trad climber
Washington DC
Dec 31, 2012 - 08:36am PT
Mark, about this 50' fall. Do tell....
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Dec 31, 2012 - 08:54am PT
Well, I was probably 3/4 done with the pitch, all hooks on potato chip flakes and heads behind thin, lose and hollow sounding flakes, I looked at leaving a sling on a good looking flake but realized that if it pulled, it would pull a big ol honkin block with it, much like Marcus on Tribal Rite last spring.

Anyway, I reached high off a head or something to a hook that I couldn't quite see or feel well. When I got on it I could see that it was okay but really not in the best spot on the edge. Up and off to the right was a large head in a legitimate head placement. I leaned over, clipped it and bounced it as well as I could considering that it was well off to the side and the quality of the hook I was on. It held so I got on it. I could see a good crack above and I was happy that I was finally going to get a good piece. As I was climbing up my steps, the head pulled.

The first thing clipped below me was a smallish head with a Scream Aid on it. The Scream Aid fully deployed and the head pulled. The next thing was the Meat Hook on a large but hollow sounding flake. The Scream Aid fully deployed but the hook held. If It had pulled I'd probably be dead now, I stopped about 20-25 feet above a ledge.
The fall was very fast, I remember feeling the hook pull and then stopping, that's it, nothing in between.

It didn't bother me a bit. I immediately raged back up the pitch, using all the same hooks and heads as before, avoided the head that had pulled via a hook and then placed the same sketchy hook as before and welded a head into the spot where the one had pulled. Bounced it, got on it, and hammered a good Pecker behind a flake.
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 31, 2012 - 09:32am PT
kaitb...

NOW WE'RE TALKIN'!!!
Texplorer

Trad climber
Sacramento
Dec 31, 2012 - 09:36am PT
Bad ass Hudon. I remember seeing this pic and hearing you fell on it and thinking that it was interesting that a hook held a fall like that. I didn't know the full details behind the fall.

I took a short static fall onto a standard BD skyhook on Zodiac just before the anchor on one of the grey circle pitches. It held but almost totally straightened the hook. After some hammering and levering I got it back to it's original shape and still use it. After this incident however, I was under the impression relying on a a hook to catch you was not something to count on. I suppose the placement is key . . . and not taking static falls probably helps too.

philo

Trad climber
Is that light the end of the tunnel or a train?
Dec 31, 2012 - 09:39am PT
1: RIPPED HOOKS
I have ascended a fair number of routes in the Black almost all of them in the pre-cam days. In all that time the Canyon scared me enough that falling never seemed like an option. I have in fact only had two falls off those walls both from ripped hooks.
The second one was a terrifying but harmless wiff off the Hallucinogen. But the first was a doozie of a plummet off of the Hooker. I was climbing into the unprotected pegmatite crux with my friend and partner Dave Henritze belaying. I was feeling controlled and confident even though my last piece of a pro, a good wired stopper, was with every move up quickly fading from sight. There was still a long way to go before good pro would be available which I must say really sharpend my awareness. Soon I came to the climb's namesake the dubious free-pro hook placement. I didn't have any tape to secure the little bugger but I placed and clipped it any way. As soon as I started to move on the nasty thing started to wiggle and pivot. I thought that can't be good. The oh so brilliant idea came to me that I should "set" it in place. so I slowly eased my weight on it relieved to see it actually holding. Then I bounced on it a little while still holding on the rock. It stayed put. So I put a good solid drop on it to try and somewhat fix it. The little metal devil immediately ripped hitting me smack in the teeth. I proceeded at an alarming rate straight down the wall head first. Did I mention that in those days to save weight only the belayer wore a helmet. Well this was obviously not a good situation. I started thinking of all the things I hadn't screwed up at yet and it seemed I had a looong time to think.
I am not at all sure how long of a fall I took But it was far and away the most air time I have ever logged. I ended up hanging in space still head down alternately staring wide eyed at the river directly below and My belayer directly to my left. Dave had never seen me fall before and didn't expect it I am sure. So I don't know which of us looked more like a deer in the headlights but his eyes were fairly bulging out of his head. Mine were only kept in place by the glasses strapped to my face. Well as it all worked out I was absolutely un harmed and un scathed. But very very dazed! My family jewels had been sucked up so hard that I thought I felt them squeezing my Adam's apple out of the way. Needless to say we retreated.

That hook was the only possible pro for 60+ feet of serious climbing on pegmatite.
Wish I would have had tape on it!
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Dec 31, 2012 - 09:56am PT
I was not counting on it holding, I was hoping it would, I was figuring that it might help.
Tfish

Trad climber
La Crescenta, CA
Dec 31, 2012 - 10:33am PT
2 hooking pics.

Funky cam hook
Funky cam hook
Credit: Tfish
Hooking
Hooking
Credit: Tfish
E

Social climber
Tujunga CA.
Dec 31, 2012 - 11:06am PT
summit shot of hands and hook after AO
hands look good after this one cuz of lots o hooks
hands look good after this one cuz of lots o hooks
E

Social climber
Tujunga CA.
Dec 31, 2012 - 11:37am PT
Timebomb Hourglass
Russ Walling

Social climber
from Poofters Froth, Wyoming
Dec 31, 2012 - 11:43am PT
MescaDawn
MescaDawn
Credit: The Driver

Coral Sea / Native Son
Coral Sea / Native Son
Credit: E.E.

Amazon / BUBS
Amazon / BUBS
Credit: Walt Shipley

Amazon / BUBS
Amazon / BUBS
Credit: Walt Shipley
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 31, 2012 - 12:04pm PT
Thanks Russ! Those get the juices flowin'
Nilepoc

Boulder climber
Tx
Dec 31, 2012 - 01:07pm PT
Hope this works, my iPad was rotating all the photos.


My first ever use of a hook to do anything besides secure a crash pad ...
My first ever use of a hook to do anything besides secure a crash pad to a slab. NA Wall first pitch.
Credit: Nilepoc

It was a hot day in August and I was sweating it. NA Wall first pitch.
It was a hot day in August and I was sweating it. NA Wall first pitch.
Credit: Nilepoc

My second ever hook could have used a cam but what the heck? Why not h...
My second ever hook could have used a cam but what the heck? Why not hook it?
Credit: Nilepoc

Texplorer goofing on a hook.
Texplorer goofing on a hook.
Credit: Nilepoc

Texplorer on the pitch above the Black Cave. NA Wall
Texplorer on the pitch above the Black Cave. NA Wall
Credit: Nilepoc
Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
Dec 31, 2012 - 01:32pm PT
Does this thread prove that climbers are all in need of serious psychiatric intervention?

Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Dec 31, 2012 - 01:55pm PT
So far for me, the best string of hooks has been on the top of the Sun and Steel pitch on Shortest Straw. The fall is clean but the hooks are small and far apart (for me).
WTF

climber
Dec 31, 2012 - 02:22pm PT
these are by far some of the ugliest hookers i have ever seen. ;)

WTF
E

Social climber
Tujunga CA.
Jan 1, 2013 - 07:01am PT
this pitch used to have a fearsome rep....but with the hook selection available today............PDL
Gettin after it on the coral sea
Gettin after it on the coral sea
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Jan 1, 2013 - 12:02pm PT
ARgghhh! E calls the most dangerous pitch of my life Pretty Damn Lite! I'm taking up knitting!
scooter

climber
fist clamp
Jan 1, 2013 - 12:17pm PT
I would have to say the crux of Lost In America doesn't exist anymore. The Fly or Die pitch has one to two chicken bolts right in the crux. Making it more like tricky placements behind fragile flakes with bolts for pro. There were 2-3 pitches that seemed more dangerous to me.

Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Jan 1, 2013 - 12:23pm PT
Yeah, the Fly or Die pitch is really screwed up. That 3/8" bolt in the middle of it should be removed. Who the hell placed that? That didn't really kill it though, the fixed heads did, it's just a head ladder clip up now.

The pitch marked the current crux in the ST book is not too bad at all aside from a lose block in the middle.
Rhodo-Router

Gym climber
sawatch choss
Jan 1, 2013 - 12:26pm PT
Great story philo. Perhaps it should serve as the subject of a cartoon?
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Jan 1, 2013 - 02:54pm PT
Cheyne on Shortest Straw, feeling the psych for the Meat Hook!

Credit: Mark Hudon
prickle

Gym climber
globe,az
Jan 1, 2013 - 03:08pm PT
wow i never saw one of those cam hooks in action. very interesting
alik

Big Wall climber
edmonton
Jan 1, 2013 - 03:13pm PT
Concur with folks upthread, on taped hooks for pro being kinda jingus. Played around with this for while in the past and eventually realized that unless the feature is big and solid (like the thing mark whipped onto), you will either break the feature or the hook depending on which is stronger. And usually the rock loses in this situation... And the daisy fall onto a hook thing definitely doesn't work. I watched a buddy do this onto a fish hook once, and he broke the fish hook!!! If you're using a screamer in your daisy system, you might be able to pull it off, but otherwise no way!

Hooking sure is loads of fun though! Probably the most memorable hooking I've ever done was on this thing in squamish called the raven. The second pitch has 5 or 6 natural hook moves right off the belay, and every one of them is a top step move on vertical rock! Another move higher up involved another full extension top step hook move over a bulge on an arete. Seemed pretty athletic for an activity that the fat and old are supposed to be able to excel at! Afterwards I found out that the FA, PB, is something like 6' 5"!

This one on the captain was pretty fun too:

Credit: alik
Don Paul

Big Wall climber
Colombia, South America
Jan 1, 2013 - 06:55pm PT
All this talk of hooking on dime edges and sloper edges is making me feel agitated. My memories of hooking are staring at the hook the entire time to make sure it didn't move, and holding my breath when moving. For some reason it was more nerve wracking than other pro which was probably worse.
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 1, 2013 - 08:04pm PT
What Don, you didn't like the flexing and scratching as the hook shifted? That's the sound of confidence!
mucci

Trad climber
The pitch of Bagalaar above you
Jan 1, 2013 - 08:26pm PT
Mud hooking
Mud hooking
Credit: mucci


Where is Jeremy? His mom is a hooker, she prefers the big ones.





Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Jan 9, 2013 - 10:18am PT
I put this tip in the How to Big Wall Climb Book

For the out of reach hook edges, you extend your daisy, pin the hook against the wall and slide the thing up... then pray. This is what it looks like below (after pushing the hook up with hammer)



Photo from this thread

(It was a downsloping edge...scariest hook move of my life... and i then had to drill a bolt off that)
socalbolter

Sport climber
Silverado, CA
Jan 9, 2013 - 11:11am PT
Posted before, but here's on OLD shot of me drilling on the FA of Crimping Lessons in Joshua Tree.

Hooks aren't just for aid climbing...

Credit: socalbolter
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jan 9, 2013 - 11:36am PT
Cheyne on Shortest Straw, feeling the psych for the Meat Hook!

This is a helluva thread. Erica Jong's delighted! She could have written the line above, in fact.

Rock 'n Hooker magazine, Mark.

Just a train-of-thought question: Are there rad hooking rootes on Mt. Hooker? Sounds like something I'd go do just to say I did.
Mt. Hooker, the wall behind the fish.  If not the biggest wall in Wyom...
Mt. Hooker, the wall behind the fish. If not the biggest wall in Wyoming it has to be close.
Credit: mike m

throwpie

Trad climber
Berkeley
Jan 9, 2013 - 12:11pm PT
Credit: throwpie
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jan 9, 2013 - 12:19pm PT
Bitchen, Throwhook!

They Rangers eat they young, they say...

Like certain fishes.
thekidcormier

Gym climber
squamish, b.c.
Jan 9, 2013 - 12:47pm PT
Captain Hook mini in action
Captain Hook mini in action
Credit: thekidcormier
thekidcormier

Gym climber
squamish, b.c.
Jan 9, 2013 - 01:49pm PT
WTF?
WTF?
Credit: thekidcormier
Marc Andre getting it done
Marc Andre getting it done
Credit: thekidcormier

Alik! You repeated the raven!?! Badass!

that second pitch I believe was put up by Damien Kelly and Elise Kelly, as far as I know, then dk paired up with PB forthe final 6? Pitches.

Have you got any photos or stories, if so you should share them on Squamish photos and stories, that route has a pretty notorious rep.
melski

Trad climber
bytheriver
Jan 22, 2013 - 10:20am PT
some folks enhance edges,,reusable tape would be the shigy,,
Raafie

Big Wall climber
Portland, OR
Feb 11, 2013 - 12:48pm PT
Bump. Who's been using the new #3 Tomahawks? Hand placed. . . . small tap. . . . camming action?
nature

climber
Boulder, CO
Feb 11, 2013 - 12:57pm PT
I probably have a few shots from the hooking pitches on Lunar. will have to dig through my slides.

Credit: nature
hillrat

Trad climber
reno, nv
Feb 12, 2013 - 09:44pm PT
Just bought the lot off fleabay. Thoughts?
photo not found
Missing photo ID#289414
photo not found
Missing photo ID#289415
Matt's

climber
Feb 12, 2013 - 09:46pm PT
never seen hooks threaded like that..
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
the crowd MUST BE MOCKED...Mocked I tell you.
Feb 12, 2013 - 09:48pm PT
yeah, not liking the tie job.

thekidcormier

Gym climber
squamish, b.c.
Feb 12, 2013 - 09:52pm PT
Rad set of hooks.

the girth hitches look like a good idea, but the webbing loops are way too long
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 12, 2013 - 10:01pm PT
I saw those on eBay. The seller had them slung like that. Completely wrong... take that crap off and get 'em slung right! But I am sure you already knew that.
nature

climber
Boulder, CO
Feb 12, 2013 - 10:04pm PT
He's got a brand new Fish hook in that lot. For that I'm f'ing jealous.
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 12, 2013 - 10:06pm PT
Yea, that's why I bid on the lot too but it got to a price point that made no sense just to get the one Fish hook.
hillrat

Trad climber
reno, nv
Feb 12, 2013 - 11:53pm PT
Never used a hook. Threading job looked wrong to me. Hanging them on the bookshelf and pulling down, the girth hitch thing made a nice leverage point that I wouldn't want on the rock. Loops looked long. Poked 'em all through from the hook side and tied an overhand, but didn't bother shortening them yet. Figured the price was fair for 28 pieces.

Guess I'd best learn quickly.
Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Feb 13, 2013 - 08:02am PT
wow i never saw one of those cam hooks in action. very interesting

There are better cam hook placements than that. I will try to post some.

Plaid
briham89

Big Wall climber
san jose, ca
Feb 14, 2013 - 07:06pm PT
Talon hook in an old bolt hole...I though it was gunna blow for sure, but now that I look at the pictures it looks pretty good...
Credit: briham89
Credit: briham89
Captain...or Skully

climber
Feb 14, 2013 - 07:43pm PT
Bomber, Briham.
thekidcormier

Gym climber
squamish, b.c.
Feb 14, 2013 - 08:39pm PT
Nice one briham
pyro

Big Wall climber
Calabasas
Feb 18, 2013 - 08:43pm PT
Credit: pyro
here is a fish hook :)
briham89

Big Wall climber
san jose, ca
Feb 18, 2013 - 08:45pm PT
thanks dudes.

nice one pyro
thekidcormier

Gym climber
squamish, b.c.
Feb 18, 2013 - 09:38pm PT
Credit: thekidcormier
Credit: thekidcormier
thekidcormier

Gym climber
squamish, b.c.
Feb 19, 2013 - 06:21am PT
Bump for original Kieran Brownie artwork!
briham89

Big Wall climber
san jose, ca
Feb 19, 2013 - 08:17am PT
haha nice
briham89

Big Wall climber
san jose, ca
Mar 11, 2013 - 05:13pm PT
History in action
History in action
Credit: briham89
Spicy
Spicy
Credit: briham89
BOLTS!? We don't need no stinkin' bolts!!!
BOLTS!? We don't need no stinkin' bolts!!!
Credit: briham89

wow i never saw one of those cam hooks in action. very interesting

Credit: briham89

Bomber cam hook....everyone's a hero on tr
Tfish

Trad climber
La Crescenta, CA
Apr 16, 2013 - 09:05am PT
Inverted cam hook. So much bomber than the 000 C3.

000 C3 and a cam hook
000 C3 and a cam hook
Credit: Tfish
Inverted cam hook
Inverted cam hook
Credit: Tfish
briham89

Big Wall climber
san jose, ca
Apr 16, 2013 - 09:14am PT
Nice one
mucci

Trad climber
The pitch of Bagalaar above you
Apr 16, 2013 - 09:20am PT
Waste of a perfectly good Arrow placement...
ElCapPirate

Big Wall climber
Reno, Nevada
Apr 16, 2013 - 10:13am PT
Hooks are my favorite:

Getting ready for WOS
Getting ready for WOS
Credit: Kait Barber

Mescalito
Mescalito
Credit: ElCapPirate

FOD of Native Son
FOD of Native Son
Credit: John Dickey

Mescalito
Mescalito
Credit: Kait Barber

FOD of Native Son
FOD of Native Son
Credit: John Dickey

Journey Through the Brain - Shortest Straw
Journey Through the Brain - Shortest Straw
Credit: Tom Evans
j-tree

Big Wall climber
Classroom to crag to summer camp
Apr 16, 2013 - 10:19am PT
Arrows get in the way of a proper camhook Mucci!!!!! The only point of an arrow is to make a future camhook placement!!!!! FYMH!
JEleazarian

Trad climber
Fresno CA
Apr 16, 2013 - 11:19am PT
Arrows get in the way of a proper camhook Mucci!!!!! The only point of an arrow is to make a future camhook placement!!!!! FYMH!

Funny, but often true!

John
Captain...or Skully

climber
Apr 16, 2013 - 12:27pm PT
FYMH? Frickin Yellow Mamma Honker?
For Your Mellow Horse?
Fix Yon Mix High?
Don Paul

Big Wall climber
Colombia, South America
Apr 16, 2013 - 12:31pm PT
Wow it really does look like a brain.
Captain...or Skully

climber
Apr 16, 2013 - 03:02pm PT
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pyro

Big Wall climber
Calabasas
Apr 20, 2013 - 09:11pm PT
Credit: pyro

elcap pirate hooks r my fave too.
briham89

Big Wall climber
san jose, ca
Jul 14, 2013 - 08:44pm PT
Skull queen fun!

Credit: briham89

Hand placed of course ;) and used like a hook!
Credit: briham89
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Oct 25, 2013 - 02:36am PT
Never used a hook, never had to.

Never visited a hooker.

Prolly missed a lot!

Xaviera Hollandeer (AKA, "The Happy Hooker") in her prime.
Xaviera Hollandeer (AKA, "The Happy Hooker") in her prime.
Credit: GI
Roots

Mountain climber
SoCal
Oct 25, 2013 - 08:31am PT
So any time I see a hook topic here I post up my "KS-1" model. Specifically designed for hooking micro flakes without applying outward force or prying action, it's milled from 6061 T6. It's not super durable and certainly won't hold a fall but it has served me well hooking to drill on thin granite face climbs.

ksolem pic
ksolem pic
Credit: ksolem


The KS1 hook. The Talon is for scale.


How can I get one of these? Any around??
jonnyrig

Trad climber
formerly known as hillrat
Nov 21, 2013 - 06:57pm PT
Mule tape for hooks? (the white webbing)
Credit: jonnyrig
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