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Jun 9, 2012
hey there
so im a broke college student who doesnt have much money to spare and was wondering what is the cheapest way to make a portaledge? i read little about the Walmart cot and webbing. is this worth it?should i get new tubing and reinforce it and make it fold so it packs better? if you have picks post them please or send them my way.

keep in mind im just getting into aid climbing and have done one grade V and stayed in a pika hammock i picked up(Kinda sucked when it came to cooking and what not) and would like to spend some more nights on the wall. does anyone have any pointers for using my pika hammock?

thanks Pat
patrick donahue
From Gunnison, Colorado
Joined Mar 15, 2010
373 points
Jun 9, 2012
kevin deweese
From Oakland, Ca
Joined Jan 14, 2007
160 points
Jun 10, 2012
I just finished making a portaledge, after my first design failed. I haven't gotten to test it out yet, but I can tell you that it takes a lot of work, materials,money, and frustration. It is pretty cool to have a homemade one(pending if mine works well or not), but I am not sure that I would recommend making one unless you really like tinkering with projects.

I have heard that good deals come up on ebay sometimes. Fish makes some ledges that are pretty reasonably priced and sweet.
From Monf***ingtana
Joined May 10, 2008
1,340 points
Jun 21, 2012
Definitely talk to Russ Walling at Fish, and he can set you up with a killer deal. "Mention my name..." "Pass the Pitons" Pete Zabrok
From Oakville, Ontario
Joined Dec 8, 2007
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Jun 23, 2012
Climb routes with natural ledges. You have plenty to do before a porta-ledge is required. Daryl Teittinen
From Truckee CA
Joined Jan 14, 2011
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Oct 6, 2012
stick with the Hammock or get a second job for two weeks. PosiDave
Joined Dec 7, 2011
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Oct 6, 2012
I'm a broke college student, just scrimp and save all year and by the time spring wall season rolls around you should have enough for a ledge and fly. They pop up on here quite frequently, all you need is a ~$500. Buy ramen, you'll cut your food bill by at least half.

BTW, you want to team up? all my climbing buddies either are too old (smart) to do long trips or don't get out of school until mid june.
Keenan Waeschle
From Bozeman, MT
Joined Feb 8, 2010
165 points

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