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By NickinCO
From colorado
Nov 14, 2010
after the hard stuff, into cruiser hands.

Stucker wrote:
I hope this is a very short hijack: Besides reading and practicing this stuff on my own or with a patient climbing buddy, how can one learn about these and other rigging principles/techniques etc? Does anyone in Denver get together and practice these things in someone's garage? Or better yet, in a bar? I tried a similar setup to the one in the video in my ex-girlfriends bedroom one time. The lawyers are sorting out the details and I'm not allowed to say anymore... (She was a big girl and I underestimated both the required mechanical advantage and the absorption capacity of the matress.)


If you're really interested in learning rigging/etc check out www.sprat.org/ to see if they offer any classes in your area. I'm a level 1 tech and although you aren't using the same equipment a lot of the stuff transfers pretty easily to climbing. The tech 1 certification was a super intensive 1 week class with a lot of time on rope and it cost me $400. If you want you can probably put it to use as a job/something on the side. Most level 1's make 20-25/hour. If there are no SPRAT classes in your area check www.irata.org/


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By rgold
From Poughkeepsie, NY
Nov 14, 2010
The traverse out to the Yellow Ridge on the Dogstick Ridge link-up.  Photo by Myriam Bouchard

I think improvised hauling is a technique of absolute last resort for extreme emergencies when all options have been exhausted. With dynamic rather than static ropes and without edge rollers and pullies, there will be too much friction in the system for there to be any mechanical advantage and you may periodically have to haul the stretch out of the system.

Probably the best you can hope for from an improvised 3:1 system is 2:1, and that's without any edge or rock friction. Add a Reverso or Garda clutch (it certainly isn't a "hitch") and I'd guess you're well under 2:1, again without rock or edge friction.

The higher theoretical mechanical advantage systems are more complex to set up properly so that everything has appropriate room to move, and require very good anchors. Friction losses in an improvised system mean that there is no point in going beyond 5:1, and even there the best you can hope for is probably an effective 3:1 with no rock or edge friction. Of course, you still have the 5:1 stroke disadvantage, meaning that you'll get maybe 7 inches of upward motion for every three-foot haul you manage.

It is perhaps a slightly different topic to assert, at least in my opinion, that any party who resorts to hauling a completely healthy person more than perhaps a foot or two past a single move is really doing something very wrong, either in being there in the first place, or in overlooking far more sensible options, or in failing to train the second appropriately to help themselves.


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By Stucker
From Centennial, CO
Nov 15, 2010
Old Greg with his downstairs mix-up.

Nick, I really am interested and I will check out those sites today. Thanks, for posting them.


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By Rick Blair
From Denver
Nov 15, 2010
This is a novel auto blocking belay device.  I think it works quite well, depending on rope thickness and sheath quality, it belays very smooth.  Great to lower with.  You gotta love over engineering.  $3 at a gear swap!

rgold wrote:
It is perhaps a slightly different topic to assert, at least in my opinion, that any party who resorts to hauling a completely healthy person more than perhaps a foot or two past a single move is really doing something very wrong, either in being there in the first place, or in overlooking far more sensible options, or in failing to train the second appropriately to help themselves.

You are 100% correct. The person in my story should not have been on the given terrain. Total error in judgment on my part created the whole situation. I learned several hard lessons that day.

Hauling past a few difficult moves is great for this system.


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