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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
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