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Vegasclimber

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Jan 21, 2013 - 07:52pm PT
Bump for hardcore climber gear!

Sometimes I will lead older routes on passive gear only. It help me appreciate those that put the routes up, and the technology that we enjoy today.

But I will admit it makes me preeeety nervous. Ha!
justthemaid

climber
Jim Henson's Basement
Jan 22, 2013 - 09:35am PT
Another bump for relevant climbing content.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Mar 17, 2013 - 02:26pm PT
One of my favorite bumps...
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Mar 17, 2013 - 04:39pm PT
Kids these days, they just don't value a runout! LOL

;) not true Steve! I wish i was at home (duh) I have a picture of the slab above, another 10m to the anchor at about 11- not a piece of of pro in sight till you get there!!
McHale's Navy

Trad climber
Panorama City, California & living in Seattle
Mar 17, 2013 - 05:53pm PT
I'm not sure if I have seen this style of nut on these threads. It's a Metolius version of a Hexentric. It's still new and has the tag on it. On the ends, one end is concave and one is convex, like a stopper although it does not show in the photo well.
Credit: McHale's Navy
Credit: McHale's Navy
Credit: McHale's Navy
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Mar 17, 2013 - 05:59pm PT
trying to re-invent the hex is akin to re-inventing the wheel dontcha think? --those dont look like they will stack well...
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Mar 17, 2013 - 06:36pm PT
Big Mike- I am entirely kidding, of course. I savor the thrill in climbing and still enjoy the space in between. While one is young and unfettered, grabbing the tiger by the tail on sight is as good as it gets!

Looking back, I wouldn't trade the feeling of being a hungry and unstoppable force for anything. Pure Spirit...

McHale's Navy

Trad climber
Panorama City, California & living in Seattle
Mar 17, 2013 - 06:50pm PT
Just for the heck of it today I cut a 5/8" Chouinard baby angle into a chock. It was easy to drill a hole on the spine of it but then I realized if I drill a side or both sides, it can be flipped and used to easily nest with small stopper type nuts or anything else - thinking primarily for aid, although I think everything would be stable enough for free pro, while clipping to whatever is nested with the baby angle. The hole was drilled in the spine at first because I envisioned not inserting the entire chock within a crack. 3rd pick shows the quick jig I rigged on a drill press to drill the pin. The other clamps are not connected with this task. Another baby angle volunteered!
Credit: McHale's Navy
Credit: McHale's Navy
Credit: McHale's Navy
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Mar 17, 2013 - 07:14pm PT
I never got around to trying it but notching the rails on angle pitons to accommodate the single cable of a properly shaped copperhead wedged inside seems like a viable clean solution to piton holes. Even if you were nailing, being able to keep the load point tight to the rock surface would be easier than using any sort of tie-off loop especially on very overhanging rock.

Leeper Camhooks work so well I didn't bother.
McHale's Navy

Trad climber
Panorama City, California & living in Seattle
Mar 17, 2013 - 07:34pm PT
I think I edited my post while you were writing about the tie-off point. I was thinking in terms of clean climbing in general - not so much piton holes. The green sling in that case would be used just to keep from dropping the pin, and of course the pin would be cabled and not just slung like in the photo. The green cord simply represents a cable. Can you explain what you mean by notching the rail and etc?
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Mar 17, 2013 - 07:49pm PT
If you took a copperhead and bent the cable so that it would slot into the crook of the angle with the tip of the head pointed toward the tip of the piton.

If you drove this arrangement with a hammer into an existing piton hole, the rail of the angle would cut the cable unless it had a notch to prevent such damage while allowing the combination to be loaded as close to the rock surface as possible.

Visualize several 1/8" X 1/8" notches along both rails on an angle. With a good selection of pre-shaped heads I thought that a solid bump with the gloved wrist would be enough to snug the whole show in place.
McHale's Navy

Trad climber
Panorama City, California & living in Seattle
Mar 17, 2013 - 08:06pm PT
Well, I understand and know various ways of eliminating leverage and can easily see the advantage of notched rails for this, but am not sure what you mean exactly. Got a photo without notches in the rails? Is the copperhead creating a wedging effect or is it just stopping at a notch in a rail? Even a notch in the tip of a piton could be very handy, without detracking from normal uses.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Mar 17, 2013 - 08:22pm PT
Minimizing leverage is the whole idea along with having the interior blob of copper twisting and camming as much as possible.

A variation on the theme of fitting holes. I was never pressed enough to try it with all the great widgets and nuts out there.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Mar 17, 2013 - 08:29pm PT
Big Mike- I am entirely kidding, of course. I savor the thrill in climbing and still enjoy the space in between. While one is young and unfettered, grabbing the tiger by the tail on sight is as good as it gets!

It was just funny you said that Steve, as I watched him try the crux move on that slab, multiple times before he finally committed. My palms were sweating as he scrambled up it and i breathed a heavy sigh of relief as he reached the anchor... That was just me watching!!! I can only imagine the elation/relief he felt when he reached the anchor!!
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Sep 7, 2013 - 03:46pm PT
Tiger Bump...
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Sep 7, 2013 - 03:55pm PT
Check out these nuts
Rock Climber
Rock Climber
Credit: T Hocking
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Sep 7, 2013 - 05:10pm PT
Looks more like a blubber knife...
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Sep 7, 2013 - 06:25pm PT
I always take nuts on multi-pitch trad but use them sparingly. There are times when they work better than cams but, they also always require a runner and often take longer for the second to clean.
rgold

Trad climber
Poughkeepsie, NY
Sep 7, 2013 - 10:24pm PT
I'm just the opposite. I carry lots of cams, but on about a third of the pitches I do, I end up at the top of the pitch having used only nuts or almost only nuts.

But to some extent it depends on the type of rock you're climbing on.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Nov 16, 2013 - 02:30pm PT
Being left with little more than our nuts at the end of things is as it should be...
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