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S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Topic Author's Original Post - Mar 20, 2013 - 01:03am PT
Couldn't find another post on this topic.

I'll dig out some pictures later...
T H

Boulder climber
bouldering
Mar 20, 2013 - 01:30am PT
S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 20, 2013 - 01:39am PT
love it!

great smile
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Mar 20, 2013 - 01:56am PT
A stubby Leeper pounded into choss. What's not to like?
Credit: Reilly
S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 20, 2013 - 01:58am PT
Well..being a Leeper myself, I love it!
Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
Mar 20, 2013 - 02:28am PT
I was always to frightened too pull out the camera in those situations...

But I did snap a photo looking down from a sketchy belay station on the Muir Wall. The bolt hangers were all L-shaped aluminum thingies, and they were all broken. Unfortuantely I don't have a photo of the actual broken hangers...

It was, by far, the most scared that I have ever been. Can you say panic?

Has anyone else seen those big, thick, L-shaped aluminum hangers around the valley back around 1978-1980?

Muir Wall - more than 30 years ago
Muir Wall - more than 30 years ago
Credit: Sierra Ledge Rat
Norwegian

Trad climber
the tip of god's middle finger
Mar 20, 2013 - 09:06am PT
photo not found
Missing photo ID#274068
matty

Trad climber
under the sea
Mar 20, 2013 - 10:35am PT
^^^great shot Nor!
Off White

climber
Tenino, WA
Mar 20, 2013 - 10:42am PT


Its actually the belayer that's sketchy, though I don't know if that's what you meant in your photo request...
WBraun

climber
Mar 20, 2013 - 11:19am PT
This is how you're supposed to go climbing and belay. (above)

Modern climbers carry way too much sh!t and way too much sh!t in the heads.

Simple and elegant is the way .....
Rocky IV

Social climber
Mar 20, 2013 - 11:21am PT
It ain't technically a belay, but it 's like 5 feet from one, and I was freaked out A0ing off it

Finger of Fate mank
Finger of Fate mank
Credit: Rocky IV
Leggs

Sport climber
Home away from Home
Mar 20, 2013 - 11:37am PT
Wake Up, Eric!     <br/>
 :&#41;  <br/>
 <br/>
JT <br/>
 <br/>
Wake Up, Eric!
:)

JT


Credit: Leggs

Biotch, I'd take that belay any day. Great photo.

~peace
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Mar 20, 2013 - 11:42am PT
Pass the Pitons Pete....champion sketch belayer.

photo not found
Missing photo ID#256137
darkmagus

Mountain climber
San Diego, CA
Mar 20, 2013 - 11:44am PT
Darkmagus on pitch 2 of "Leonids", El Cajon Mountain.
Darkmagus on pitch 2 of "Leonids", El Cajon Mountain.
Credit: darkmagus

This picture was taken of me by my belayer!

"Only had you off for like, two seconds!"

I never even noticed!
Laine

Trad climber
Reno, NV
Mar 20, 2013 - 02:12pm PT
Don't have a picture but my sketchiest belay was hanging off a single .5 cam (Occuns) on top of the BLack O in Red Rocks while belaying 2 seconds in the dark during a 60+ mph wind storm. While hastily trying to link the last 2 pitches I ran out of rope at the base of the final easy corner to the top with only 1 cam! No communitication, you could see anything, it was shenanigans for sure. Very dumb I must admit.
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Mar 20, 2013 - 02:25pm PT
Has anyone else seen those big, thick, L-shaped aluminum hangers around the valley back around 1978-1980?

YC stamped hanger, still in place and usable, sometime in 2005-2010 &#...
YC stamped hanger, still in place and usable, sometime in 2005-2010 (I used the bolt and left the hanger in place). I did remove one of these marked hangers when rebolting once.
Credit: Clint Cummins
Did they look like this?

The homemade aluminum hangers were probably Chouinard's, placed on the first ascent. The anchors got a helpful upgrade when Scott Cosgrove and Kurt Smith did The Shaft (with Greg Epperson). In the 90s there were still some original aluminum hangers left on the bolt traverse which goes out right from the big left facing corner where the Shield continues up left.
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Mar 20, 2013 - 02:29pm PT


Pulled out that green alien twice, but left it in so it looks like we have a 2 piece anchor. Stomped out a real nice ledge though :)
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Mar 20, 2013 - 03:55pm PT
Yes, Vitaliy ... Stance is key!

Jon Beck

Trad climber
Oceanside
Mar 20, 2013 - 05:02pm PT
Just saw this in a GE Credit Card ad

Caption - dude, you belaying or trying to get laid

Credit: Jon Beck
darkmagus

Mountain climber
San Diego, CA
Mar 20, 2013 - 05:23pm PT
looks like a cruxy mantel
mucci

Trad climber
The pitch of Bagalaar above you
Mar 20, 2013 - 05:51pm PT
Tarbuster, is that the start of Watkins?
BASE104

Social climber
An Oil Field
Mar 20, 2013 - 06:12pm PT
Werner said:

This is how you're supposed to go climbing and belay. (above)

Modern climbers carry way too much sh!t and way too much sh!t in the heads.

Simple and elegant is the way .....

This is a peeve of mine. I see people carrying racks that are three times as big as is needed from our aged experience.

I was not that great of a climber, and I sewed things up when I wasn't soloing or whatever.

Taking all that stuff slows you down. I was trained by and OCD efficiency expert, who would get on me if I didn't rack things exactly right, and it was a great skill to have.

Seriously. Why take two or even three pigs up the Nose. You will be slower and the Nose is exposed in crappy weather. If you have ever talked with anyone who went through a cold storm..not even snow..on the Nose, you will know that it is better to go fast.
nutjob

Sport climber
Almost to Hollywood, Baby!
Mar 20, 2013 - 06:21pm PT
I think my sketchiest belay anchor was a thigh jam near the tom of Crest Jewel when I ran out of rope near the top. No pics :(

This one sucked, but it doesn't look that bad because I had a spot to sit:
jabbas

Trad climber
phx AZ
Mar 20, 2013 - 06:21pm PT
I just love the irony of the "Best belay budd" shot . Not even a slight recognition of the dude up on "hot". This thread is turning out to be golden !!
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Mar 20, 2013 - 06:46pm PT
mucci:
Tarbuster, is that the start of Watkins?

Bingo!
The "Best Belay Budd" shot is from the slabs at the base of Watkins.
Not only is E paying no attention whatsoever, I'd already had a #6 stopper pop & slide down the rope and my pack strap had just busted ...
KabalaArch

Trad climber
Starlite, California
Mar 20, 2013 - 07:46pm PT
Has anyone else seen those big, thick, L-shaped aluminum hangers around the valley back around 1978-1980?

Uh...yeah. I got one at home from the bolt ladder route over at Mt. Diablo.

Both halves of it. Failed at the "bolt." 1975.
Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
Mar 20, 2013 - 07:54pm PT
Did they look like this?

Those are the motherf*#kers.
Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
Mar 20, 2013 - 07:57pm PT
Here's another sketchy belay high the Shield outside of Albuquerque, circa mid-1970s.

There was no belay.

The Shield, Sandia Peak, New Mexico, ?1974-?1976
The Shield, Sandia Peak, New Mexico, ?1974-?1976
Credit: Sierra Ledge Rat
Spider Savage

Mountain climber
The shaggy fringe of Los Angeles
Mar 20, 2013 - 08:38pm PT
Looks perfectly safe to me.  Who is this guy? Royal??
Looks perfectly safe to me. Who is this guy? Royal??
Credit: shelter-co.tumblr.com
S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 20, 2013 - 11:35pm PT
doesn't look like Royal's build to me.
S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 8, 2013 - 11:10pm PT
This anchor on sugarloaf NM was pretty sketch.

Credit: S.Leeper

jeenyus450

Trad climber
Saint-Basile Le Grand
Apr 9, 2013 - 12:56am PT
Credit: jeenyus450
Henery

Trad climber
colorado springs, CO
Apr 9, 2013 - 02:14am PT
Bear Bruton Working on her belay technique in The Garden of the Gods.
Bear Bruton Working on her belay technique in The Garden of the Gods.
Credit: Henery
Prezwoodz

climber
Anchorage
Apr 9, 2013 - 05:15am PT
S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 9, 2013 - 05:36pm PT
bump.. more please!
Magic Ed

Trad climber
Nuevo Leon, Mexico
Apr 9, 2013 - 05:45pm PT
McCudden belaying in Mexico.
McCudden belaying in Mexico.
Credit: Magic Ed
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Apr 9, 2013 - 09:27pm PT
Roper belaying Kor, Mickey's Beach circa 1960
Roper/Kor
Roper/Kor
Credit: guido
S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 9, 2013 - 09:34pm PT
I love the expression on his face, guido!
Tfish

Trad climber
La Crescenta, CA
Apr 11, 2013 - 01:16pm PT
On Belay!
On Belay!
Credit: Tfish
RP3

Big Wall climber
El Portal/Chapel Hill
Apr 11, 2013 - 02:06pm PT
On a trip to Cooks Wall a couple of weekends ago, I forgot my harness, so we used the grigri on a rock trick:

Credit: RP3
jeepnphreak

Ice climber
Bzn, mt
Apr 14, 2013 - 04:26pm PT
Yes I trust my life to this guy, Best climbing partner and solid belay.

At the crux?  Cool bro I got cha!
At the crux? Cool bro I got cha!
Credit: jeepnphreak
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Apr 14, 2013 - 04:31pm PT
Single anchor - "Are you feeling lucky today, punk?"



Credit: Reilly
tuolumne_tradster

Trad climber
Leading Edge of North American Plate
Apr 14, 2013 - 08:43pm PT
rjstefani

climber
Apr 24, 2013 - 02:11pm PT
Long's Last Spring
Long's Last Spring
Credit: rjstefani

Girlfriend's feet on some off-route belay on the "steps" on Long's Peak. Awesome day.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Apr 24, 2013 - 02:16pm PT


DMT
treybomb

climber
Apr 24, 2013 - 02:26pm PT
Snapped a photo of this one a while back on the back of a Rice Krispie...
Snapped a photo of this one a while back on the back of a Rice Krispies box.
Credit: treybomb
carlos gallego

Ice climber
Spain
Apr 24, 2013 - 02:42pm PT
... natural...

Credit: carlos gallego
duncan

climber
London, UK
Apr 24, 2013 - 03:06pm PT
Seat (possibly SEAT) belt. Riglos, Spain.




More Riglos:




D Fred

Trad climber
san francisco, ca
Apr 24, 2013 - 11:01pm PT
Here's an excerpt from last months rock and ice describing an amazing anchor Hayden Kennedy put together while first ascent'ing in the arrigetch peaks Alaska with tommy Caldwell and Corey Rich... Yikes!

Credit: D Fred
Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
WA, & NC & Idaho
Apr 24, 2013 - 11:35pm PT
Vitality,
I think yours wins,

I use to climb at Cooks With Nathan B all the time last decade~!!
Sh*t rock, but some good routes, fun FA's with the Nathan!!!

Once trundeled a block, after asking on a new route, I hit is brand new North Face Fleece, he was kinda pissed, still owe him a fleece!!!!!
Pennsylenvy

Gym climber
A dingy corner in your refrigerator
Apr 25, 2013 - 01:00am PT
Not too sketchy but on topic....

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S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 25, 2013 - 01:06am PT
how dare you let belaying get in the way of chugging that beer!
Hard Landin' Brandon

Trad climber
Happy Camp
Apr 25, 2013 - 01:48am PT
That's one way to belay pitch 2. She caught a 20 ft leader fall not lo...
That's one way to belay pitch 2. She caught a 20 ft leader fall not long after this photo.
Credit: Hard Landin' Brandon
Well that looks SERENE.
jiff

Ice climber
colorado
Apr 25, 2013 - 05:55pm PT
At least she is knot rapping off of her gear loop.
Blanch

Trad climber
Media, pa
Apr 25, 2013 - 09:02pm PT
At Sandrock in AL ... this is a no sh!tter! We saw this and I immediately made my friends fake pose for a picture while I actually zoomed on the fine gentleman in the background .... Don't worry though, that 7 mm cord was girth hitched around a tree stump that when kicked wobbles and falls apart from termites. :)

Ahhhhhh
Ahhhhhh
Credit: Blanch
jiff

Ice climber
colorado
Apr 25, 2013 - 09:21pm PT
jesus!
S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 30, 2013 - 10:23pm PT
What the hell?!?

Credit: S.Leeper
Crackslayer

Trad climber
Eldo
Apr 30, 2013 - 10:40pm PT
Don't worry though, that 7 mm cord was girth hitched around a tree stump that when kicked wobbles and falls apart from termites. :)

Damn! At least he is a big dude! That's darn sketch. The only sketchy belayers I have seen were at the gym.

The worst anchors for a belay I can think of are in the desert. To get back to the river after climbing barney rumble tower you have to rap off of a dead tree trunk half buried in the sand. Then there is the anchor on the first pitch of vision quest. It is a drilled pin equalized with cord that has a knot wedged in the crack. Easy to back up but if you decide to bail after the first pitch... There was a picture of the rap anchor off of the top of sparkling touch in climbing in magazine (2005 maybe?). I am sure someone has added cord to it since then but that doesn't add structural integrity to the deteriorating huecos of the rotten summit cap. And the worst anchors by far I have seen are on Argon tower in arches.

stich

Trad climber
Colorado Springs, Colorado
May 1, 2013 - 01:08am PT
Curt

climber
Gold Canyon, AZ
May 1, 2013 - 02:21am PT

Heh.

Curt
10b4me

Ice climber
Happy Boulders
May 2, 2013 - 12:06pm PT
photo not found
Missing photo ID#301432
justthemaid

climber
Jim Henson's Basement
May 2, 2013 - 02:32pm PT
Curt: About damn time the infamous "foot belay" joined the fray.
Jacolelcap

Trad climber
Chicago, Denver/ Poland
May 2, 2013 - 09:51pm PT
Belay adequate to Fischer Towers. Jacek on King Fischer, UT
Belay adequate to Fischer Towers. Jacek on King Fischer, UT
Credit: Jacolelcap
Prezwoodz

climber
Anchorage
Sep 11, 2013 - 03:38pm PT
I can add one to the Arrigetch count. There is a loose boulder block chockstone thing up high on pitch 12 or somewhere around there. We actually pulled it out a bit and slung it then put it back in. Only its in more of a crack facing upward then vertical. One of the guys came up and said "is that solid?" and gave it a tap. It moved a bit and I made sure it resettled before mentioning that it was better not to do that....
Dave Kos

Social climber
Temecula
Sep 11, 2013 - 03:43pm PT
S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 11, 2013 - 05:52pm PT
Thats pretty much my belay situation these days!
matisse

climber
Sep 11, 2013 - 06:08pm PT
We really need Crotch's infamous sling shot aid belay photo from Indian Cove
S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 11, 2013 - 06:12pm PT
i was looking for that and couldn't find it :(
matisse

climber
Sep 11, 2013 - 06:17pm PT
HAH found it!

http://www.ocf.berkeley.edu/~yoav/aidexperts/aidsuperstars.jpg

here it the rec.climbing link

https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/rec.climbing/wwmTHz86b7U


Rock!...oopsie.

Trad climber
the pitch above you
Sep 11, 2013 - 06:21pm PT
If you don't wanna push an extra button for those links, here it is
Credit: crotch
S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 11, 2013 - 06:24pm PT
yes!!!

the climber looks like uncle fester.
matisse

climber
Sep 11, 2013 - 07:56pm PT
there is so much to love about that photo
NutAgain!

Trad climber
South Pasadena, CA
Sep 11, 2013 - 09:01pm PT
I've posted it before, but it fits in this thread:


Well, technically it was a rappel anchor and held some long sliders as the highest piece before bailing, but didn't actually hang out at this spot and belay a leader for upward progress.
stich

Trad climber
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Sep 11, 2013 - 09:22pm PT
Sketch city.

Credit: stich

But...

I'll take it.
surfstar

climber
Santa Barbara, CA
Sep 11, 2013 - 10:57pm PT
^on that theme - These are the guys that taught me how to climb:







Different belayers, just happen to have beards and sunglasses.
S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 11, 2013 - 11:28pm PT
good vintage!
S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 12, 2013 - 05:22pm PT
how many of you light up a spliff when you belay?
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