arachnid gear

Placing a cam? Slotting a nut? Slinging a tree?
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Post by Mrs.climbeRPh » Thu May 24, 2007 10:05 am

Is there a need for any wide pieces on Dog Days, Green Grease or Africa?

And what protection is there on the face part of Dog Days after the crack, or how long am I running it out?
I only hate the idea of falling if I am going to hit one of those confounded ledges, which causes me to stress, overprotect, wearout, curse, and hang... in that order.

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Post by pigsteak » Thu May 24, 2007 11:22 am

such drama...does anyone climb anymore, or just dream of it?
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Post by B.J. » Thu May 24, 2007 11:53 am

Mrs.climbeRPh wrote:Is there a need for any wide pieces on Dog Days, Green Grease or Africa?
I don't know about the other two, but Green Grease is hands to tight hands. Nothing wide. If memory serves, I used nothing larger than a 2.5 Forged Friend.

As for Arachnid, I placed an old #5 camalot (not the newer C4) near the end of the traverse, worked my way up the offwidth and found a good #3 C4 placement. I like the idea of using a BigBro in the offwidth part though. If you're using a #5 camalot, the rope will snag on it as you move up. A BigBro would eliminate this problem.

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Post by anticlmber » Thu May 24, 2007 12:13 pm

hey all! just got back fro Tower. it's all bolted now. leave the cams at home.
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Post by Snowpuppy » Thu May 24, 2007 2:02 pm

I guess climbing is only a dream now, especially since anticlimber bolted it all... :cry: .

On Arachnid after you climb the beautiful hand and foot crack, just as you reach the roof, put a hex up in the corner of the roof before continuing on.
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Post by anticlmber » Thu May 24, 2007 4:14 pm

hey just got back from tower (again) i filled in the crack and chipped some holds on the face. so it's super "safe" now. oh and i spraypainted tickmarks on it so you don't have to worry about a rainstorm ruining your day.
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Post by Day » Thu May 24, 2007 4:19 pm

Throw a hex in the corner under the roof. It's bomber. You can place a #11 hex half way out the roof (if you have one of those). Probably don't need one though, as the move around the roof is pretty easy, as long as you don't undercling it like the idiot me used to. I like the idea of locking a big bro' in the short offwidth as rope drag is kind of weird there and can lift a piece out of it's placement.

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Post by ynot » Thu May 24, 2007 9:18 pm

You can use a 4 a 5 and a 6 on all of those 8's except for Green grease. Its all hands. The last few feet of Dog Days is an OW so save something big. I still like going to Tower. Those routes just rock. Taking a newbie up Cavers is always fun.
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Post by 512OW » Thu May 24, 2007 11:08 pm

This whole hex thing is funny. Why would you put anything in the corner?? Thats more drag. I'd put a #2 Camalot in about 6 feet below the roof, with a sling, then a big cam in the middle of the roof. Then theres a pocket that will take a small cam near the end of the roof.

Forget all that specialized gear unless you just want to be nostalgic.

Above the roof you can get a big piece if you want... or don't if you don't want.
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Post by L K Day » Thu May 24, 2007 11:34 pm

512OW - Not to question your solution, sounds like it would work great, and it is what folks actually carry these days. But..., a hex in the corner with a nice long sling on it produces no rope drag, it's cheap, and it's bomber. The big hex half way out was also good. I guess my point was we could sew it up all the way through the roof even back in the day. The short bit of wide crack above the roof was where we just squeezed ourselves in the crack and resolved not to fall. Then we inched our way up until the next good piece. Tower Rock is a cool place.

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Post by anticlmber » Thu May 24, 2007 11:48 pm

laying back the wide part wasn't bad at all. plenty of feet on the face and the edge of the crack is monster. my $0.015
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Post by 512OW » Fri May 25, 2007 12:06 am

Don't get me wrong, Larry... I'm all about passive gear. My hexes have seen more use than most ever do these days...

However, if you're askin about gear on a 5.8, chances are, in this day and age, you hex placements are probably not quite up to speed.

I'd love to say "use the hex, it's a good learning experience", but I don't want it on my conscience...
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Post by anticlmber » Fri May 25, 2007 12:40 am

wher's a yellow tri-cam when you need it??
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Post by Snowpuppy » Fri May 25, 2007 7:18 am

Tower Rock is my favorite place to climb!!!!
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Post by Zspider » Fri May 25, 2007 8:31 pm

Mrs Climber wrote:

Is there a need for any wide pieces on Dog Days...

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yes, i always keep a wide piece in the luv chimney

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