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Tips for Carrying Portaledge on Approach


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Alex Lloyd · · Bozeman, MT · Joined Apr 2015 · Points: 30

Hoping for some tips to make lugging my ledge a little easier/more manageable on longer approaches. I was thinking about making some kind of removable shoulder strap. Thanks ahead of time.

Andy Novak · · Golden, Co · Joined Aug 2007 · Points: 355

Uhh, put it in your haul bag? 

Alex Lloyd · · Bozeman, MT · Joined Apr 2015 · Points: 30

How...how did that not cross my mind? 

apoet · · AZ · Joined Oct 2015 · Points: 193
Andy Novak wrote:

Uhh, put it in your haul bag? 

Or strap it to the top of the bag if the bag is full. Either way your hike is going to suck.

Peter Lewis · · Bridgton, Maine · Joined Oct 2009 · Points: 160

Just like other heavy awkward stuff ( e.g., the rope, rack, water, etc.), get your partner to carry it. 

BigNobody · · all over, mostly Utah · Joined Nov 2013 · Points: 10

Put it in the center of your biggest bag and pack around it. Never put it on top like suggested. Unless you like catching every branch known to man on the trail.

Cave Man McElroy · · auburn · Joined Mar 2012 · Points: 0

Drone slaves

Mark Hudon · · Lives on the road · Joined Jul 2009 · Points: 415

Yeah, stuff it into your haul bag. 

walmongr · · Gilbert AZ · Joined Aug 2015 · Points: 100

+1 for getting your partner to carry it!!! 

Daniel Gloven · · Denver, CO · Joined Dec 2011 · Points: 325

You could try the over-the-shoulder technique

Barrett Pauer · · Brevard, NC · Joined Apr 2013 · Points: 775

On top of your neck like a yolk works pretty well once you get it to balance 

kevin deweese · · Oakland, Ca · Joined Jan 2007 · Points: 350

Attachable wheels

though seriously, Plaidman brings a wheelbarrow to yosemite every time he comes through to carry his stuff. I've yet to see how that's anything but more work but he swears by it. 

Darren Mabe · · Flagstaff, AZ · Joined Dec 2002 · Points: 3,565

Ryan7crew · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Feb 2012 · Points: 65

If you got two people, one bag and one ledge, have one person carry the bag.  Then the other guy can backpack coil the rope and tie it over the portaledge orientated vertically on his back.  Basically strap the ledge to himself.

Carquinez · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Dec 2007 · Points: 85

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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