New D4 MiniMe instant belay ledge

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Lambone

Big Wall climber
Ashland, Or
Nov 24, 2017 - 10:35pm PT
Could this design be expanded to the size of a single portaledge?
deuce4

climber
Hobart, Australia
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 24, 2017 - 11:22pm PT
Lambone, yes, I have made a couple versions of single ledges using this concept, but have something even better up my sleeve that I am working on now. Based on some good feedback from Rob Miller, I might work on a 1.5 person ledge with some slick new tricks.

Compact folding, easy to setup, and light are the focus parameters.
deuce4

climber
Hobart, Australia
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 29, 2017 - 11:31pm PT
another happy MiniMe tester in the Fisher Towers.
MiniMe pics.
MiniMe pics.
Credit: deuce4
deuce4

climber
Hobart, Australia
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 7, 2017 - 11:19am PT
http://www.supertopo.com/tr/Rasta-Wall-River-Tower-Fisher-Towers-November-2017/t13238n.html

From the TR
From the TR
Credit: deuce4
deuce4

climber
Hobart, Australia
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 18, 2017 - 08:34pm PT
Anna in the D4 MiniMe on Ozymandias, Mt. Buffalo, Victoria, Australia....
Anna in the D4 MiniMe on Ozymandias, Mt. Buffalo, Victoria, Australia. Photo by Rose.
Credit: deuce4
Another test Report:

The Mini-Me Ledge – a test report by Anna-Veronique Lhoest

I took the D4 MiniMe ledge on a two-day ascent of Ozymandias Direct at Mount Buffalo.

What I liked about the ledge:
Unfolding the ledge was almost ridiculously easy. After taking it out of the bag, you can just shake it a bit and the straps and tubes pull themselves into place. The single point anchoring system and the buckles on the straps were very easy to use – no need for an instruction manual for this one!

The amount of comfort for the tradeoff in weight and time used for setup and breakdown was totally worth it. I would definitely want to take it on future bigwalls –it was great to be able to sit down and relax.

The bag for the mini-me was good, not too small. Nothing worse than trying to stuff something into a stuffsack that is way too small, especially when hanging on a wall trying not to drop anything. I appreciated having a bag that fit the mini-me easily.

Things that could possibly be improved / ideas / suggestions:
There was a wee bit of initial confusion about which side of the fabric went up. I thought it was the side from which the straps would wrap around the supporting bars then lead up to the anchor point, as it seemed to add more stability. Rose thought it was the other way round. I set it up the way I deemed best, figuring that if it wouldn't work for whatever reason, it would provide valuable feedback. Maybe some sort of “this way up” sign would be helpful?

Packing the ledge up was slightly less easy than the setup, because the line inside of the bars was quite tight. While that made setting up very easy, it was a bit harder to pull the bars apart. Nonetheless that improved with practice as I figured out the most efficient way to fold the ledge up.

Final Thoughts:
The D4 MiniMe ledge was amazing. It was really worth the small amount of extra weight. I really appreciated it on the hanging belays.

PS: Andy gave me your laminated, handwritten topo of Ozymandias. It was a great help, as the Mount Buffalo guidebook topo was extremely confusing on pitch 7 (through the roof) and with your topo we had no problem figuring out where to go. It also helped on the second last pitch, where I simply linked into the chimney and kept going to the plaque as you described. Otherwise I would've stopped at the double bolt belay and we would have added another belay and wasted time and probably would not have topped out before dark. Much appreciated.
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