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Hook racking tips

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ali64 Holmes · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Sep 2009 · Points: 0

My hooks snag on everything. They snag while racked on my harness, they snag while attached to my ladders, they snag while in the haul bag. They snag while racked together on one carabiner and when racked separately. What are some of your methods to reduce snagging? A small pouch? Or is it that hooks will hook and I have to get over it? I try and keep them in the back of my harness out of the way but hoping there is some other better method. 

Jake wander · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Aug 2014 · Points: 190

When I asked the same thing, everyone said a small pouch. I ended up using an old chalk bag. 

ali64 Holmes · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Sep 2009 · Points: 0

Cool thanks. I’m going to try that out next time I aid. 

Kevin Mokracek · · Burbank · Joined Apr 2012 · Points: 290

I tie a webbing loop on the head and rack them from that so they hang right side up instead of upside down, this prevents a lot of the snagging issues.  

ali64 Holmes · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Sep 2009 · Points: 0

That’s intriguing. Do you have a pic of the set up?

Kevin Mokracek · · Burbank · Joined Apr 2012 · Points: 290

Ah crap, I had in my mind beaks, never mind.  On routes where I think I may be hooking more I’ll keep a few different hooks on the end of each aider on a small quicklink and off my harness.  If not then yes the bag is a good option.

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ClimbingOn · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Aug 2008 · Points: 0

I use a size small FISH beef bag. Works perfectly. I'm not the only bigwall climber to do this. fishproducts.com/catalog/bi…

kevin deweese · · Oakland, Ca · Joined Jan 2007 · Points: 581
Kevin Mokracek wrote: I tie a webbing loop on the head and rack them from that so they hang right side up instead of upside down, this prevents a lot of the snagging issues.  

This is what I do for my larger hooks that don't fit in my chalk bag (rip the lining out of the chalk bag)

Looks like this 
Christian George · · Home-yes, Town- no · Joined Jul 2019 · Points: 0

Cut a hole in the bottom of a stuff Sak and run a loop of webbing through it.
The sak drapes down over the hook rack preventing snags and flips up out of the way more easily than digging them out of a bag. 

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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