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Jun 27, 2012
Hey people,

Looking at doing a bit of top rope aid climbing to gain faith/test my gear placements. Wht extra gear do I need for this? I have a full rack but don't have anything aid related, eg fifi hook, etriers. I guess I could loop some slings together or tie some webbing into loops.

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Jason
jasoncm
Joined May 30, 2012
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Jun 27, 2012
You can make etriers with a frost knot and a couple overhands. It isn't terribly complicated, and if you don't want to spend much money it works. Save your partner the trouble and belay yourself. Josh Olson
From Durango, CO
Joined Mar 7, 2010
260 points
Jun 28, 2012
I don't know what a frost knot is, so I can't say if it'd be better or not, but I do know over-hands work fine for making aiders. 20' of webbing will make big 5-step ladders, so 15' of webbing will probably make nice short 4-steppers (I've only made 5-steps out of webbing).

Some camming hooks and a fifi will likely come in handy right off the bat, but just give it a shot with chocks and cams and such before you drop the dough. I wouldn't buy any gear till you know it's for you.
Ben Beckerich
From saint helens, oregon
Joined Jun 24, 2011
205 points
Jun 28, 2012
I got these as my first aiders. metoliusclimbing.com/pocket_ai...
They are pretty cheap and small. You can use them sport climbing too if you cant pull past a hard move and dont want to bail on a biner.
Tristan B
From La Crescenta, CA
Joined Oct 1, 2009
1,250 points
Jun 28, 2012
Thanks for the input people. I will make myself some etriers. Tristan, I like the look of those pocket aiders, could be handing in a multi-pitch senario when your pushing your grade.

Cheers
jasoncm
Joined May 30, 2012
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Jun 28, 2012
Found this video which is pretty cool.

itstactical.com/skillcom/knots...
jasoncm
Joined May 30, 2012
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Jun 28, 2012
I've made my own daisy-chains using the following link. It works for aiders too, but i've never put the effort in.

Climbing Tech Tip - Making Your Own Webbing Aiders
kevin deweese
From Oakland, Ca
Joined Jan 14, 2007
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